Small Acts of Kindness: Dan

Coffee Kitchen (1)By Shannon Taylor Vannatter

Early last year, all of our warranties ended at the same time. We’d had to buy a new washer and refrigerator while the car was in the shop. When my husband became a full-time pastor, he lost about twelve hundred dollars a month. I’m not a big name Christian author and Heartsong Presents had just ended leaving four contracted books in limbo, which meant I didn’t get paid. Our resources were stretched thin.

This is when our Keurig coffee maker, a gift from a family member, decided to quit too. My husband and I are coffee drinkers. We love it so much that our kitchen is decorated in a coffee theme. We usually each drink two or three cups a day. It’s like dessert to us. Our favorite time to share a cup is in the evening when we wind down. We’re immune to the caffeine effects and are able to go right to bed afterward.

When the Keurig died, I did what people do these days—grieved it’s demise on Facebook. Dan, a wonderful church member, commented, What kind do you want? Knowing him, I didn’t want him buying us a hundred dollar gift, so I said we’d just get something cheap because the pods were too expensive anyway. Which was true.

The next day, Dan stopped by the church with a Bunn.

It makes the best coffee ever. And it’s fast. From that day on, when we share our evening coffee together, we say, “Thanks Dan.” We told him that once and he said his wife, Sandy gave him the money. So then we started thanking her too while savoring our evening cup.

A year ago yesterday, we lost Dan to cancer. We miss him. A lot.

Not to take away from his awesome wife Sandy, but when we have our evening coffee, we say. “Thanks Dan.”

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Me with my cupAward winning, central Arkansas author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife. She once climbed a mountain wearing gold wedge-heeled sandals which became known as her hiking boots.

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24 thoughts on “Small Acts of Kindness: Dan

  1. That sounds like something that happens to me. When all the warranties run out and everything starts breaking down. Thankfully my husband is excellent at fixing a lot of things. We did have to get a new washer last year along with a new television. Reuniting with a Cowboy sounds like a wonderful read.
    CherylB1987 AT hotmail DOT com

    • Cheryl, I remember a long ago Garfield cartoon where all the appliances had smoke rising above them. The caption said, All the warranties ran out on the same day. You Tube is great. My husband fixed a washer, a dryer, my car and his truck by watching You Tube.

  2. What a sweet story of kindness, caring and friendship. Dan and his wife Sandy sounded like a wonderful couple. Reminds us all to do things in His love.

  3. We also miss Dan. He was such a joy to be around. We are blessed beyond words of acts of kindness every day from church members to friends and most of all Jesus Christ. Keep up the fabulous writing!

    • True Jennifer. Sometimes it seems like somebody tipped the first domino. Thanks for the compliment. Hope you like this book as well.

  4. What a sweet tribute to a thoughtful friend! I’m so sorry for your loss but I’m sure you’re thankful that you will see him again in heaven.

    • Thanks Kim. I was hoping it would be more about Dan than about me. I wanted to share his picture, but wasn’t sure how his family would feel about it. I did send them a link to this post and his daughter thanked me for sharing it.

  5. Awesome post, and the kind I love to read. God still lives, and there are still people who are caring and sharing. I hope God allows Dan has a little more bounce in his step in heaven today. This post made me smile!

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