Gift #1: Elsa

elsaEDITOR’S NOTE:  This is the first in a series of reflections of people writer Rachel Peach encountered in everyday life.

Reading John Paul II’s meditation on “givenness” both inspired and challenged me on my outlook on life; am I able to recognize “every person, in some way, as a gift” to me?

I decided to start seeing and celebrating those little moments when others are instruments of God’s goodness to me.

Elsa is the teller at the Wells Fargo bank nearest to where my community lives. She’s probably in her middle-late 20’s, and happens be working mostly every time I got to the bank. Every interaction with her, I am always amazed at her genuine joy, which is simply contagious. In fact, I realized that I actually LOOK FORWARD to stopping by the bank for deposits of other banking transactions, just because of her.

There aren’t always those people who you find are always joyful; not just happy, positive, or helpful, but genuinely and deeply joyful. No matter the day, no matter the moment, I am always edified and encouraged by her simple testimony.

Thank you, Elsa, for letting your light shine and spreading it to the hearts of the people you encounter!

About Rachel Peach

Rachel Peach is based in Houston. She is from Ohio, and renewed her temporary promises of poverty, chastity, and obedience within Regnum Christi consecrated life on August 18, 2013.
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