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The Joy of Giving

Merry Christmas!

Today I wanted to share a story that I heard on the radio the other day. The host of the show was asking people to share stories of Christmas and a lady came on the phone and shared a story that gave me goosebumps.

She lived in a small town and the day before Christmas, her and her son went to the local market to buy food items. With a few dollars in her pocket, she was worried about how she is going to feed everyone. With a worried heart she went from vendor to vendor trying to stretch her dollars. As she was passing a vendor, she noticed a man walking around who was built just like Santa Claus. He was heavy, with white beard and a beautiful smile. She took a closer look at him and realized that he must be homeless. She was getting prepared to give away a dollar from the few dollars she had so he can buy a coffee or something. As he got closer to her, he leaned down to her son and said, “You young man, you just made my heart so happy. There is something about you that I really like, here is something for you”. He reached in his pocket and pulled out a $50 bill and handed it over to the boy. The mom who was watching this in disbelief, kindly told him that they can not accept this as it was a big amount but the older gentlemen insisted on them taking the money. So she made a deal with him and said that she will take $5 from him instead of the $50 even though she really could of used that money.

He took a look at her and again leaned into the boy and said, “I want you to take this money and gave him the $50 and walked away”. The mom stood there crying because she just couldn’t believe that this just happened to them.

It is important to give but it is also important that you receive without guilt.

Have a great holiday season, spend it with your loved ones and keep on laughing.



December 25, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Cindi - Beautiful story, goes to show how if you think of others and give unselfishly, God will provide for you somehow. We are put on earth to love and share our love with one another, even with strangers, that is what Christmas is all about.

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