As I travel to spend my days at the hospital where my beloved is a patient, I stop at a toll booth to pay the required fee. Here it is typical to hear a voice say, “Have a nice day,” as I resume driving.

However one day from one certain booth I heard a heartfelt, “Have a blessed day.” It was that which I needed to hear at that moment. It led to a brief dialogue and to my looking forward to seeing this caring person as I drive through whenever she is on duty.

She learned my name and my beloved’s name and promised to pray for us. We have even discovered that we share a common friend. I have grown to appreciate her and her role on the toll road. I have expressed appreciation for her allowing herself to be used to bless this driver.

I consider her as a light reflecting the Light of the World, Jesus Christ. Her love and compassion originate from Him Who loves us with a sacrificial love. Our faith is our common bond between a driver with a heart full of concern for a loved one who has spent months in a hospital and a stranger who one day chose to share a blessing. I pray for this toll collector to continue to reflect the Light of the World to toll road drivers, of which I am one that she shared a blessing and hope.

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5: 16)

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