Last year this time a local young mother was struggling with her health and to keep her lights on. She certainly didn’t have any extra funds to buy Christmas presents for her three small children. After being made aware of the need, some folks with big hearts at Refuge Church made sure those little ones had some special gifts come Christmas morning.
Recently, this same mother contacted me. Except this time, she wasn’t asking for anything for her or her family. Instead she wrote the following words. “Mr Craig you and your members made Christmas for me and my children last year. My children wouldn’t have gotten anything had it not been for y’all. I would like to pay that blessing to someone else if you know of a small family please call me. This has been weighing heavily on my heart so I’m guessing God is either leading me to help your family or someone you know.”
Here is what I wrote her in response. “My friend, it’s great to hear from you. We were glad to help your family last year through what I know was a difficult time. I will let you know of any family I know in need. But, your offer to help someone else has already blessed my heart. It means God used last Christmas not only to bless your family, but to turn you into a blessing to others in need. You’ve learned something very few others ever do. That Christmas is not about what you can get, but what you can give to touch other lives. I pray you and your family have a wonderful Christmas season. God bless!”
This mother went on to say, “Maybe this will help someone else who is in the same shoes. There is hope. And though I could have missed the pain, I’m grateful that God loved me enough, loved my children enough to help us. I honestly pray that I always remember how amazing it felt and how it truly was a miracle for me. I can only imagine that Heaven must be that same amazing, heart wrenching feeling. I now pray everyday that God uses me throughout the entire year to help others in need. I’ve already helped four other families recently.”
As I read her words and listened to her God story I could not help but smile and be moved. We thought we were just helping someone at Christmas? We thought we were just doing something that would touch a life that moment? Instead, it has become the gift that is still giving. God bless this mother, her family, and all those who might find themselves in a very difficult place this time of year. I pray God supplies all your needs and uses others to be an angel in your life.
(Acts 20:35)(NIV) “…We must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”