Monday, December 27, 2010
Mystery Jar **UPDATE**
We have no idea where it came from. The older kids had some ideas. Our 11 year old son believes it came from one of our neighbors. In an act of charming localism, he guessed our next door neighbor. Our 14 year old figured it was someone else in town that had heard about Maggie’s cancer and knowing how expensive treatment is, offered some of their savings. Someone suggested a club or small church.
A few details might help. The bills were stacked, folded in half and put into the jar neatly. This was neither a haphazard savings nor an impulsive act. The Mason jar seems important: they didn’t cut a check or trade up to bigger bills. What they had they counted and gave to us.
One thing I am sure of: the fact that it was an anonymous offering is very important. It means to me not so much that one person or one group of people is merciful and generous. Since we can’t be sure to whom we should be thankful and since we must be thankful by our God given nature, we are thankful to everyone. The mystery jar means the world is more merciful and generous.
Do you have any creative theories where this might have come from?
**UPDATE**: I think we might have found a clue.