People you've never met will help you when you need it the most. It's odd to think that we are reliant on the kindness of strangers. But we are... all of us. We must remember them and accept the support they offer with humility and appreciation. Tonight, we are staying in guest housing at Providence St. Vincent Hospital in Oregon. This facility is only here because of the generosity of others. Strangers. People I will never meet. And yet, in their kindness, they offer a home-like atmosphere to escape the stress, worry and anxiety of the hospital. It is right across the street from the hospital campus. So close we can walk back and forth. We stayed here when Steel was injured in September of 2012 and we're back tonight for his ACL surgery tomorrow. It is the only close, overnight facility and about half the price of the nearest hotel.
The names on the wall represent the people who are memorialized through donations. Because of the lives they lived, we are blessed with the use of this gift. Strangers. All of them. And yet they, and those they love will be in my prayers tonight.
The only way to thank them is to one day help out a stranger ourselves. That's how it works. Give for the sake of giving, not because you expect something in return. It is the most sincere form of charity and brings pure grace.