The Stranger at My Door

A stranger showed up at my door on Thanksgiving day.

I was sitting on the couch with my laptop open on my lap. It was a balmy 70 degrees here in Asheville and I had the front door open, so the cats and I could enjoy some fresh air.

She seemed to appear out of thin air and was clearly distraught.

Between apologizing profusely for scaring me and wishing me a Happy Thanksgiving, her story tumbled out.

To be perfectly honest, I didn't catch most of it. It was something about a husband just out of heart surgery, a ministry down the road that couldn't help her, being stuck in a parking garage downtown, and needing to drive 80 miles home.

The bottom line was that she needed money and was desperate enough to go door to door asking for it.

I'll tell you an embarrassing truth.

In the past, I wouldn't have helped. I might even have closed the door in her face.

But something in her touched me. Her raw desperation. Her telling me she is a college graduate and I could look her and her kids up on Facebook. Her obvious distress at a neighbor treating her badly.

I believed her. And I wanted to help her.

I gave her the only cash I had in the house, which was $10. She was so grateful, she started to take off her watch to give me in return.

After I gently refused that, she asked me if she could rake my leaves or wash my dog. After I had given her the money.

I told her the only thing I wanted from her was to try to have a good Thanksgiving and to get her family home safely.

She thanked me and left.

Why did this happen to me? Was it just random?

No. I think the Universe was testing me. To see, on this day in particular, if I am truly thankful for all I've been given. And to see if all this blather I've been writing about is real or just a big load of codswallop, written for attention.

I hope I proved myself worthy.

Strangely, though I'm a spiritual but not religious person, this came to me after she departed.

"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."

Sending you all so much love.

❤️ Alissa

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