Faith Was The One Thing She Needed Most – The Giving Keys
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Faith Was The One Thing She Needed Most


I received my Giving Key for Christmas during my freshmen year of college. I saw the keys on an Instagram page, absolutely fell in love and immediately put it on my wish list. That was it. I wanted it because it was cute. I mean, I thought it was cool how you give it to someone who needs to message, but I didn't think I would find myself in a situation where giving my key away would mean something. Until the summer of 2014.

I have never been greatly affected by tragedy throughout my 19 years of life. I'm a daughter to two happily married parents, a niece to three cancer survivors, and am grateful to consider myself an extremely lucky girl. Lucky that in June of 2014 I just wished I could give away because I didn't need it and someone else did. That month my best friend told me her mom had been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. News that affected me as if it were my own family, because from the moment we had become friends her family had treated me as if that were true.

As summer went on and my best friend's life started to revolve more and more around chemo when it should have been spent enjoying her last summer before she went off to college it hit me. She was the someone. The someone who needed the message infinitely more than I did.

I went to her house the night before she left for her first year on her own with a letter in one hand and a box in the other, preparing myself for what was going to turn into so much more than an already emotional goodbye. In the letter I said all the things I knew I would never be able to convey to her in a conversation and assured her that faith was the one thing she needed most of all to keep. I wanted this key to serve as a reminder that faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.

Now, 8 months later, I have no doubt in my mind that this key was given to me for a purpose. Two weeks ago, my friend's mother finished her last cancer treatment -- because even when there was no reason to have faith and believe, nobody stopped.



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  • My daughters are the sweetest most caring young women I had ever met.
    I had read about the giving keys and thought what a neat idea and at the time just couldn’t afford one at the time.
    Just this past week we have had two deaths in our family and so my youngest daughter and her husband were home for one of the funerals. The other one happened after they went home because my son-n-law is a minister and they had already been gone one Sunday.
    Before she left I didn’t know that she had gave her sister one when she must of been going thru a rough time. My girls are very close but my oldest daughter is private so I didn’t ask.
    We were standing in my Mothers dining room when I look over and my oldest daughter is giving it back to her sister.
    My youngest who had gave it to her sister first looked a bit puzzled.
    Her sister told her that this is so you know that Justus will be okay.
    Justus is my first and only Grandson who had his 1st. Birthday in July. The week before the unfortunate death in my family, my Grandson had two seizures and had spent a short time in the hospital but by the grace of God they could find nothing wrong and I pray they never do. I thought that was so sweet and after thinking a bit I think my daughter gave it to her sister because she has not yet been able to have her own children and wanted her to know to keep Faith that what is meant for her will happen.
    My youngest daughter and son-n-law went home where they live and my oldest daughter and her husband went in there vacation. The funeral was over and we were all sad but had to go on.
    A day or two after they were gone I was staying with my Mom another week to stay and be with her because it was her sister that had died and I was already going to be there to feed my oldest daughters dog while they were on vacation.
    I have chronic cancer and am about to begin my next round of chemotherapy. I try to neve complain to my family even though there are times I just want to give it up. I haven’t had hair for long in years and I can get depressed but I want my children happy so I for the most part say nothing.
    I was getting in my purse last week for my Mom and I to go to be with my family because we had just had a death of another relative.
    When I grabbed a key and expected to pull out my keys to my car, instead I pulled out the “Giving Key”. My daughter somehow must have known I needed faith to get me thru these losses and not wanting to leave my Mother and go start my chemotherapy.
    I know I probably won’t have mine long but this has got to be one of the most precious gifts I have ever received in my life and brought a smile and a tear to a Mother of two wonderful daughters. Thank you Kasha Renae.

    Deana on

  • Beautiful story. Faith can carry you through the hardest times

    Sarah on

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