Have you read this week’s Featured Story, “Heavenly Harvest?” Mariane Holbrook actually has two stories published in God Makes Lemonade. I’ve had the chance to hear a few sweet and inspiring stories from Mariane’s years as a writer, family historian, teacher, and mom. “Heavenly Harvest” is one of her most poignant lemonade stories. Just when her family thought the Great Depression might take everything they had left, the garden they planted produced an abundance they couldn’t have imagined. Her story is incredible and I am so glad we can share it with you.
These days, abundance is hard for many of us to imagine. Do you cringe whenever newscasters start talking about the economy? For many of us, the recession of recent years means more than just Wall Street protests, scandals, and constantly fluctuating markets. It signifies personal losses. I know people, as I’m sure you do, who’ve experienced terrible financial losses which have led to even greater losses in other areas of their lives: unemployment, insurmountable debt, foreclosure, even medical issues such as depression and anxiety.
When times are tough, it can certainly be difficult to stay encouraged and keep tending the garden, so to speak. That’s why I love lemonade stories like this one—you never know when something sweet will spring up out of nowhere. Not only did Mariane’s family have enough produce to keep their table full, but they had enough to give away to the neighbors. Lemonade does happen.
You may remember my post a couple weeks back about Vera Shepherd’s story, “Timing is Everything.” I wrote about why my wife and I are giving all of the royalties for God Makes Lemonade to single moms. We believe these stories can inspire and encourage you and we also believe that together, we can all encourage single moms and their kids through the Lemonaid Foundation. It happened for Mariane’s neighbors, and I believe it will happen for ours.
Later this week, I hope you’ll stop by again for another inspiring true story.