LEARNING TO BE HELPFUL !!「あぜりあ」本八幡・西船橋・津田沼・佐倉

Greetings Everyone!

It is a new week and the month of January is half done as I write this to you but will be a bit more when you get it posted. That is okay by me cause we know the month is already flying by us. Should we be grateful? Yep! You bet! Not that it is flying by of course, but grateful in many other ways as you will all see. Happy Reading!


My Dear Readers, as I was telling my friend this morning in my most very recent e-mail, I have a new neighbor who moved in next door to me this morning after not having one for quite awhile. Usually I get a family who move in next to me when they do move in.

This time there is only one lady. I couldn’t believe it. Just her. But there was all this noise coming up and downstairs! I couldn’t believe that either. And there was this small white bus that came too and I did not know what to make of this. But what could I say even though I was shocked.

I couldn’t say anything. All I could do was be amazed.

The noise came from all the people from The Salvation Army who came to help this woman move in. I had never seen or heard anything like it. I did not know that there were so many “angels” around that were so helpful. I am not aware if The Salvation Army will be getting paid for doing this but to me it matters not. Not really. Because they will, get paid by God when the time comes. In God’s Time.

What does this have to do with me???

Well, a long time ago, I had to stay with them….that is The Salvation Army. (This was in Honolulu before my move to The Big Island). That part was not so bad. The bad part was that I met my first husband there and after my divorce, I refused to have anything to do with The Salvation Army at all. Especially when the Christmas Time ringing of their bells came for donations. I refused to give to them. I even explained to one of them why. And they said they understood. I was stubborn and refused to help because I was still angry after all these years. My second husband, to whom I am a widow, never gave either. But perhaps he had his own story of which I am not aware.

As for me, when the time comes when I may have to move, in the condition I am, I can do very little and I know that people will have to help me. Whether it will be people I know, my friends, or someone else, I shall remember what happened today. How this woman was helped by The Salvation Army to move into her new apartment, next door to me.

I do give and I am helpful in my own special way. But today, I just found a new way.

When someone asks for help……….please do what you can for them……even if it is only in a small way.

You WILL be repaid for your goodness and your kindness.

Believe me.

Your Very Own,
Mary Ann-san

Mary Annさんはカリフォルニア生まれです。