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In amongst all the tales of bitterness and poo, we occasionally get fluffy stories that bring a small tear to our internet-jaded eyes.

In celebration of this, what is the nicest thing someone's done for you? Whether you thoroughly deserved it or it came out of the blue, tell us of heartwarming, selfless acts by others.

Failing that, what nice things have you done for other people, whether they liked it or not?

(, Thu 2 Oct 2008, 16:14)
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Several years ago, not long, in fact, after my last story, we were involved in getting a new church set up.

(You can keep all your 'all Christians are thick religious twonks' thoughts out of this, by the way. You might be surprised if you actually met some of us.)

My wife is very gifted musically and led worship most Sundays with her beaten up old guitar. Sometimes she would borrow other people's guitars because hers really was nasty, but she couldn't afford a half decent one.

The pastor arranged for her to play at another church one Sunday, and while she was there they had a secret offering to get her a guitar. They then told me they'd collected £500 to spend on one for her. Now they wanted to surprise her with a new guitar, but didn't know which one.

So I said to her "look, you've been asking God for a guitar for ages - why don't we go to the guitar shops and have a look around. Then you can pray for a specific guitar and maybe even save up towards it." I somehow managed it with a straight face, and she somehow took it at face value, and we looked around the shops and found one that she loved.

She was utterly shocked when she was presented with the exact guitar she wanted a week later, with lots of love from the whole church.
(, Fri 3 Oct 2008, 16:52, 11 replies)
Well it's easy for you lot isn't it : )
(, Fri 3 Oct 2008, 19:06, closed)
do you mean life? no - it isn't. Sorry.
(, Sat 4 Oct 2008, 12:40, closed)
You know,
I know a way you could have a solid gold guitar...
(, Fri 3 Oct 2008, 20:05, closed)
Can she play
Number of the beast by Iron Maiden ?
(, Sat 4 Oct 2008, 5:51, closed)
my son can
He plays drums in a grungey metal band, but he's quite good at guitar too
(, Sat 4 Oct 2008, 12:43, closed)
So what did you get her?
The public ought to be told...
(, Sat 4 Oct 2008, 10:32, closed)
A Yamaha APX5a
It's a nice little electro- accoustic number.

Oh, and a proper case too.
(, Sat 4 Oct 2008, 12:44, closed)
So, basically...
...Prayer is cheating? I KNEW it!
(, Sun 5 Oct 2008, 0:51, closed)
Nobody minds THAT sort of christian
It's the "You're going to Hell" kind we can't stand. The "Just be excellent to one another" kind we like fine.
(, Sun 5 Oct 2008, 19:50, closed)
Thats nothing, you should have seen what Robert Johnson got...
(, Mon 6 Oct 2008, 13:14, closed)
Word of advice...
...if you're going to act that defensive, why get surprised when people then decide to attack you?

I wonder when in the course of writing this you felt we'd all really appreciate being prejudged as anti-religious, and the type who would start bombarding you with hate speech unless you told us not to first.

Thanks for assuming what we all think. I really, REALLY, appreciate it when people do that.
(, Wed 8 Oct 2008, 16:09, closed)

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