I think there is a song about Christmases long time ago. Saturday evening I was reminiscing together with my grandchildren. We had a pajama party in their parent’s bedroom. How fun does that sound? Two on mattresses on the floor, one on a cot, and the other two of us on the bed! The parent had a night out!
It’s fun to lay in the dark and talk about stuff. The kids wanted me to tell about when I was a child and about their mother. One story was about the Christmas when I was seven years old. That’s one of those Christmases long time ago!
My parents were missionaries in Osorno, Chile. That year we had lost our home and the church building to a fire. I’m sure they did not have an abundance of money but the desire to do something for the children was there. They had rented an old bakery to continue the ministry.
Here it is. Now they were going to offer the Bread of Life in that building. They had a brilliant idea for the Christmas party. Why not cover the tree with toys? Nothing fancy, for as I said, they did not have very much money. But it was precious for the children at church. I remember that Christmas because of the toys in that tree and because I did a little mischief at home. I peaked in the present that had my name and lay under our tree! I guess I was too anxious to know what I would get for Christmas. It was a doll!
You can visit my Royal Palm World Mission page and find a story about a Christmas doll. It’s a story I read in one of the magazines I subscribe to. I liked it and made it into a story for children, to show how the good we do comes back to us. Sometimes in such a drastic way as for the girl in the story, other times in different ways. But what we sow we harvest. We do good not because we are thinking of getting it back, but there is the sure law of sowing and reaping.
Every week there will be a new story. This Friday there will be another testimony turned into a story for children. I’m so thankful that the Lord has provided a young couple that will help me get the stories ready in English.
Back to the kids! We survived our weekend. Brianna and I did a little Christmas shopping. She is the one that is always thinking about getting presents for the others.
I will do some stories in my blogs this week about those Christmases long time ago (at least that’s my plan!). My most happy ones were those when I was busy doing something for others. I’m very busy right now preparing stories and teaching materials for next year. It will be very special. Soon I’ll be announcing what I’m planning to do.
May you have a good week. May the presence of the Lord our Savior surround you and fill you with his joy and peace!