You’re never alone

Simple Grace - - Front Page - —Ivy Tay­lor, 52, Bloom­ing­ton, MN

“When my hus­band was laid off last fall, my com­mis­sion as a re­al­tor wasn’t quite enough to make ends meet, so we be­gan scrap­ing by just to pay the bills. With the hous­ing mar­ket so slow, my heart filled with more dread. All I could do was pray for ways to sup­ple­ment our in­come.

“The only thing of value I owned was my fa­ther’s vin­tage Perkins Braille type­writer, but just the thought of part­ing with the heir­loom I’d cher­ished for 30 years broke my heart. How­ever, as our bank ac­count dwin­dled, I de­cided to take it to an an­tiques dealer hop­ing to get enough money to see us through.

“One morn­ing be­fore work, I placed the bulky type­writer in the back­seat of my car and prayed, Lord, please let me find some­one who will value this as much as I do! Then I drove over to pick up my new client, Bev­erly, to show her a few homes.

“‘Is that a Braille writer?’ Bev­erly asked as soon as she got into my car. Sur­prised, I saw tears in her eyes. ‘My son is blind and used one when he was a boy,’ she ex­plained. ‘I’ve tried to find one I can af­ford but they’re rare.’

“In that mo­ment, I knew I’d found some­one who saw its true value—not in dol­lar signs but in her heart. ‘I’d like you to have it,’ I said, feel­ing a sense of peace wash over me. ‘Are you sure? It’s worth a lot!’ Bev­erly said as she gave me a big hug. I nod­ded, re­al­iz­ing it wasn’t more money that would quell my fear, it was giv­ing love…and that’s price­less.”

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