by Barbara D. MacAdam August 01, 2019 3 min read

Have you ever explored the notion of “good luck” and “bad luck?” People often take inventory of the good things in life as having “good luck,” and attribute the troubles in their lives to “bad luck.” Personally, I think it’s much more than that. More than coincidence and more than a roll of the dice when people’s lives are forever changed in a moment. I think it’s all part of God’s greater plan for our lives.

However, once tragedy strikes, one of the hardest things to do is to express one’s feelings of sympathy for the loss of a loved one, or to find the words that adequately thank others for their selfless help.  Flowers and cards are lovely, but don’t create a lasting effect.  A framed personalized memorial blessing from the Purple Wishing Gate says everything your heart feels, bringing comfort and peace to those you care about, and creates a memorial keepsake gift that can be cherished for years.


At some point in our lives, we may find ourselves wondering if God is inherently GOOD or not. Does he pass judgment?  Does He make decisions based on YOUR performance? Often one’s perception of God is based on one’s own relationship with their earthly father. What about yours?  Is, or was your Father a loving, forgiving one, or a punishing, judgmental one?

This basic relationship can turn a man or a woman into a “glass half full” or a “glass half empty” person. The good news for all those naysayers is this… although we may not see God’s blessing in a moment of chaos or fear, it doesn’t mean that God is not good.  I believe that he is in control even in those harsh times, orchestrating His larger plan – one in which He plans a greater blessing for you, yet to come! 

Nothing shows the love of God, hidden in a tragedy, more aptly than the story of…


In this story, a young angel travelling with her mentor, learns that you can’t always predict or understand just how much God’s love is in play – especially when things look so bad.  The angels spent the night in the home of a very wealthy family. The family was rude and insisted that the angels spend the night in the cold basement instead of the mansion’s guest room.  The next morning, the older angel discovered a hole in the wall and fixed it for the owner before leaving.

The next night, they came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very kind farmer and his wife. After sharing what little they had, the couple insisted that the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night’s rest.  The next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field.  The younger angel became infuriated and asked the older angel, “How could God have let this happen?  The first family had everything and was so mean, but you helped fix their basement. The farmer had nothing, but was willing to share it all, and God let his cow die!”

The older angel comforted the younger with the following explanation… “Things aren’t always what they seem. When we were in the basement of the mansion, I discovered there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so filled with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed it up so he wouldn’t find it. Last night, as we slept in the farmer’s bed, the angel of death came for the old woman, so God asked me to give him the cow instead!”

And there it was… God’s blessing disguised in a tragedy.  It’s often difficult to see any good while you’re in a storm, but with a little more trust in God’s love, you might be able to see a blessing in disguise. Words of hope are often elusive during these times of loss, but nothing gives comfort more than a Memorial Blessing gift of sympathy from the Purple Wishing Gate.  Through the tender words of these beautiful poems, our goal is to bring peace to the ones left behind, and honor to those who have gone before us.

To see our variety of unique and uplifting gifts of encouragement, visit our Encouragement Collection.

Barbara D. MacAdam
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