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Photo by Dan Brannan
Beulah Kaul passes a God Bless You card to Emily Ellis at Skyline Towers in Alton.
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ALTON – Christians live each day repeatedly exchanging the words “God Bless You” to others.
For Beulah Kaul, 90, the God Bless You Lady of Alton, her cards with those three words are a way of life. It seems to be a personal ministry for her to exchange the cards with almost everyone she meets.
“Anyone who knows her knows she passes out the God Bless You cards,” Beulah’s son, Jonathan Kaul of Brighton, said.
The most touching example of Beulah passing out the cards happened after she met a woman who had just received some terrible news from her husband’s blood work.
“The older couple was sitting across from me at the table and looked so unhappy and dejected,” she said. “I went over and gave each a card. The lady had tears in her eyes and said that means so much to us. We just found out my husband has inoperable cancer. She was crying and that really touched me.”
Another time she remembered providing a card to someone who had also just received difficult news and she received the same appreciation.
Through the years of distributing the cards, Beulah Kaul said she only remembered two occasions where she didn’t have a positive reaction. In one instance a man took her card, scoffed and threw it to the floor.
“I said God bless you to him anyway,” she said.
“I have distributed thousands of the cards,” she said. “People often say 'I needed that' when I hand them a card. It gives me a great sense of joy.”
Anyone visiting Frank’s Restaurant in Cottage Hills quickly will notice Beulah’s “God Bless You" cards on the front counter.
Beulah started the card process back in 1987 while her husband, Arthur, was a Lutheran minister. She discovered Boston’s Alfred Mira was passing out thousands of God Bless You cards for free. When she wrote to Mira, he sent her back a half-gallon container with the cards and the two have been corresponding since.
The Alton woman has carried on her husband’s ministry with the cards since his death. Her husband also was a writer and started the Lutheran Evangelist publication, which eventually drew worldwide fame.
“He printed the word of God for all of the world to see,” she said. “I did some typing and whatever writing I could for him. I also helped with the finances until it became a bigger business.”
Beulah has four sons, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She said her family means everything to her.
She cited an example on Christmas Eve of this past year at Frank’s Restaurant in Alton where she passed out the cards to everyone eating dinner. Throughout the Alton area, the cards are found on counters.
Jonathan Kaul is proud of his mom and the impact she and his father have had on society with their Christian faith.
“She is just something else,” he said. “She loves people. The ‘God Bless You Lady’ name is something that has just hung on. There isn’t a sermon on the card; it is just something she hands out.”
Beulah is going to continue to pass the cards out as long as she can.
“There is no piece of mail that goes out of my house without one of the cards in it,” she said. “I feel I have touched so many people with it. I am a child of God for sure and I try to spread that to other people.”