A Case For Christmas Giving
She never knew just how difficult the holidays would be without him. It was
hard to believe that their once, happy marriage was suddenly over. They
divorced in the fall of that year. Still, the pain and heartbreak of their
divorce continued to penetrate the deepest places of her heart. She was not
looking forward to the Christmas season this year.
She had always loved Christmas-the shopping and wrapping gifts, sending
Christmas cards, and decorating their home. But somehow, the Christmas
spirit just seemed to be absent in her heart this year.
What she would miss most of all was their family tradition of having daddy
lift their little boy up to the top of the tree to place his handmade Angel
on top of the tree.
She worried too, about her two children. She had no idea how she could
possibly provide them with the Christmas gifts they wanted this year. It was
all she could do just to manage to pay the bills each month. The holidays
were hitting her especially hard.
Weary and alone, she prayed, "Father, I need your help. I don't know how I'm
ever going to be able to do this by myself. I don't even know how to ask you
this, Lord, but could you somehow help me make Christmas this year, special
for my kids? They don't need much, but they do need a little something, and
right now Lord, you know I just can't do it on my own. Help us, most of all,
to see You this Christmas. Amen."
That was all she knew for sure-that God cared about her kids too, just as He
loves his own Son. And she knew that God loved her kids even more than she
did. She'd always known that Christmas Joy isn't something that can be
purchased or wrapped up in pretty packages. She knew that somehow, God would
provide them with a Christmas that they would always treasure.
Right before Christmas, a plain white envelope arrived in the mail. It came
with no return address. As she pulled out the note inside, a crisp new
fifty-dollar bill fell out onto the table. The note read, "Because we care~
Her tear-filled eyes poured down like rain. She tried for a minute to figure
out who this could be from. But it didn't matter-- God knew.
Someone with a wonderful, caring, heart knew of her situation, and cared
enough to share the gift of Christmas as is was meant to be. A gift given in
humbleness, given in quietness, and most of all, given in Love.
She was able to purchase two presents with the anonymous gift, one for each
child. The gifts would be extra-special, due to the outstretched hand of
love that came in the envelope that day, from her "Unseen Angel."
On Christmas morning, as the kids opened their gifts, she could tell that
she had chosen "just the right" gifts with the "Unseen Angel's" gift. Her
gift though, was seeing her children smile!
Later that morning, their dad arrived to pick the children up. The older of
the two children hugged her mom the tightest. She knew that it would be her
mother's first holiday without them. Looking back, and seeing her mom
standing in the doorway, waving good-bye and blowing them a kiss almost
broke her heart.
The old house was oh-so-quiet without the kids. Shortly after lunch, the
telephone rang. It was a special friend, who had remembered her on this
holiday, just calling to say, "I love you." Another unexpected gift that
helped to make the day more bearable.
When the kids arrived home, they unpacked their "load" of presents from
Christmas with dad. It was quite apparent that they were showered with nice
"It's good to be home, mom," the kids said, as they hugged their mom,
tighter than ever before.
That night, the young girl wrote in her diary:
"It just wasn't the same," she began. "We didn't get much, but it didn't
matter at all to us. We knew that things would be tight. What we didn't know
though, was that somebody would care enough about us to send money to mom,
just so we could have something extra for Christmas. Thank you God, that you
know who that person was, and how MUCH it meant to all of us-especially
"I guess you could say we had small Christmas with mom, a big Christmas with
dad, and then we came back home . . . where there was Love! I learned a
very important lesson this year. At Christmas, what matters more than
expensive gifts or anything else, is LOVE!"
Thank you God for your gift of Love, through Jesus, at Christmas.
*This Christmas, you just might ask God to give you the name of someone who
you could become a "Unseen Angel" for, at Christmas. Whether it be an
anonymous gift given to someone who's struggling, or even just a simple
phone call just to let someone know that you care. It would mean so much to
a single mother, father, or to a family that's struggling financially. You
just might be that answered prayer in someone's life.
*Ask God to show you today, who you can help bring the gift of Love to this
[ By: Angie Shaw -- from 'The Encourager' ]
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