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A Blessed Moment with a Veteran

Beloved Daily Guideposts author Roberta Messner receives a wonderful reminder of God’s blessings.

A Blessed Moment with a Veteran
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“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” —Luke 12:34 (NKJV)

It had been one of those weeks at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center where I work; I’d had trouble remembering the Lord’s blessings. Amid all the confusion, my boss reminded me that I was to work at the ambassador’s desk, our welcoming place where patients and family members stop to ask for information or directions.

I hadn’t been at my post long when a young girl came up to me, pushing a wheelchair. An elderly gentleman with a crop of snowy-white hair was seated in it. He wore cotton periwinkle-blue pajamas that still held creases like they might have been in a gift box.

“Would you mind watching Grandpa while I get the car?” Then she added, “I need to let you know. He doesn’t talk or anything and has Alzheimer’s disease.”

As the girl left, I wrapped an arm around the veteran’s shoulders. “You’re with me for a little while,” I said into glassy green eyes and gave his shoulders a squeeze.

Then the most unbelievable thing happened. The gentleman gazed into my eyes and marveled, “We’ve got a treasure here, don’t we?”

“You’re the treasure,” I answered.

“World War II, army,” he continued. Then utter silence ensued until his granddaughter returned.

As the periwinkle pajamas disappeared through the exit, I thought of how I needed that reminder in the worst way.

Yes, Lord, these dear veterans, this job of mine, it’s all a treasure. I forgot for a little while. Thank You.

 

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