Blessing | Child | Children | Complain | Death | Expense | Frustration | Mother | Parent | Thank | Trial | Trouble | Value

Two women, riding the subway together, were discussing their children and the difficulties of raising a family. They talked about needing new clothes and shoes, how expensive it was to feed them, and how difficult it was to keep the children in spending money. On and on the complaining went. A woman sitting in front of them turned around and interrupted them: “I couldn’t help but overhear you. I used to be like that,” she continued, “but no more. Our son was a great expense to us and we had to sacrifice to give him what he needed.” She paused as her eyes brimmed with tears. “But then he died. Now he doesn’t cost us a cent, but oh, I would give the world to have him back again.” Some of our own frustrations are actually disguised blessings. How hard it is some days to tell the difference. From Seed Thoughts Illustrative Stories for Speakers, by Herb Miller &…

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