We count money…we count birthdays…we count the number of days until Christmas Day…we count lots! What we don’t count enough of, though, are the blessings of kindness touching our lives and the lives of those around us. Yesterday I was reminded. I stopped over to my brother’s camp to return his thermal coffee mug…he brought me a cup of coffee when my electric power was out for two days a couple of weeks earlier. When I entered, I was greeted by a “new family member,” a little kitten, named Elenore. I didn’t know it, but Ted’s wife, Kathy, had rescued the abandoned, mud covered kitten from under their home porch and gave it a new loving home. That friendly little kitten sure picked the right porch to take cover under! Later that afternoon, Ted and my nephew, Zack, put all my outside deck furniture that I couldn’t move by myself into winter storage…a big blessing for me as the snow’s already here! Then, when I was checking my e-mail, I got a long thank you message from my neighbor thanking me for alerting him about his dock problems due to the lake waters flooding 5 feet higher than usual. Later that evening, when I went over to my brother’s house for a birthday dinner celebration they were hosting, I was greeted at the door in a welcoming hug by my new friend, 5 year-old McKenzie; the two of us teamed up twice this past summer to save lost baby toads and to give them a new home together in a frog flower bed. After dinner, and right before the cake was served, Kathy gave little McKenzie a big memorable blessing by giving her a tea party! What made it extra special was that all of us were drinking our tea from beautiful, really miniature glass teacups…almost too small to even grasp!

What counts…the giving and receiving of little blessings and acts of kindness through word and deed. Mother Teresa said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes can be truly endless”. How true! I think the blessings and kindnesses given and received by our IOKDS family since 1886 “echo” on and their impact has been “endless”. May we continue to minister to all those in need through the tireless work and faithful service of all our members “In His Name”. What counts? IOKDS COUNTS! Come join us!

Cathy Duncan
International Secretary

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