A viral story making the Internet rounds recently is one of hope and unity. Wanda Dench, a Phoenix, AZ grandmother, was texting family about Thanksgiving plans. Somehow, 17 year-old Jamal Hinton got added to the conversation. Perhaps this was no mistake at all.

A Message of Hope

Hinton was confused about who was texting him. Out of curiosity, he responded to the text and asked “Who is this?” Wanda simply responded, “Your grandma.” Still confused, but knowing his own grandmother recently got a new number, he asked Dench to send a picture.

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After receiving the picture, Jamal immediately knew this was a case of a wrong text. He sent Wanda a selfie and noted, “You’re not my grandma.” Seeing the humor in the mistake, he then jokingly asked “Grandma” if he could still come over for Thanksgiving. He texted “Can I still get a plate tho?” Dench joyfully said yes, noting that “Grandmas fed everybody.”

This Thanksgiving Jamal Hinton will be enjoying much more than a plate filled with turkey and all the trimmings. He and his family will be sharing their holiday meal with new found friends.

Amid all the turmoil flooding our FB news feeds and despite the violence and divisiveness that is threatening our great country, two strangers are showing people everywhere that hope is alive and well.

Changing the World

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As thousands protest and cry over not getting what they want, Wanda and Jamal are teaching us that peace is possible. A valuable lesson about love and kindness. Luke 6:45 tells us, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”

As we approach this Thanksgiving holiday, and the Christmas season, let us remember the abundance of blessings we have already been given. Family, faith, friendship. America was created in the spirit of these blessings. We have all been entrusted with holding them in our hearts and displaying them in our actions. That is how we change the world.

May we never forget who we were created to be. And, may we always be thankful for all that we have been given. Happy Thanksgiving America, your greatness is shining through. May God bless us all.