Printer Friendly Topic: Manipulation
Author: Kim Palmer, Reuters
Scripture: Revelation 3:20
Source: “‘Cleaning fairy’ arrested after shovelling snow without permission” By Kim Palmer, Reuters , published on Yahoo News, Thu, Jan 24, 2013
Contributor: Illustration Exchange

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – The Ohio woman dubbed “the cleaning fairy” by local media because she broke into a home and cleaned it without permission, was arrested on Tuesday after police found her shoveling snow from a driveway without the owner’s consent, police said.

Police in Elyria, a city 30 miles southwest of Cleveland, arrested Susan Warren, 53, on an outstanding warrant stemming from the separate incident last year where she entered a suburban Cleveland home, did some light cleaning and left a note charging the owner $75. …

According to Sherry Bush, the owner of the home, she called Warren to question if she had cleaned the wrong home by mistake and was told by Warren that there was no mistake, that she “does this all the time” and thought she was doing Bush a favor.

It would seem that both the homeowners and the police found the unsolicited cleanings much more an intrusion than a “favor.”


No one considers it a “favor” when someone forces something, even a good thing, on them. Rather than gratitude, it will only lead to resentment.

There is no better “favor” than the salvation that God offers to the world as an absolutely free gift. Nevertheless, God isn’t in the business of forcing favors we don’t want. Rather, His offer is as gracious as the gift itself.

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).

Note: An alternative application would be to use this story as a picture of the co-dependent person who offers help beyond the boundaries of what’s appropriate.

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