On the Eighth Day of Christmas, my true friend gave to me...
The Opportunity to Pass Love Forward
A CHRISTMAS THOUGHT FOR THE DAY…
“We are all called to be mothers of God, for God is always waiting to be born.”
--Meister Eckhart, Medieval German Mystic contributed by Pastor Craig Beeker, New Hope Lutheran Church
LOVE TO TELL THE STORY… The Postman Lifted Us From Depression
My parents, at the height of the Depression, were forced to go on home relief, which is known as welfare today. It was 1935, when I was 10 years old, and we lived on the first floor of a walk-up apartment on 43rd Street, in Brooklyn, New York.
A few days before Christmas, I looked out a kitchen window to see my father sitting on the stoop, dejected and depressed, with tears in his eyes. The mailman was approaching our building and asked my father what was wrong.
I heard my father say that he had used up his food vouchers and that the rent was past due. He had tried to work as a laborer through the Works Progress Administration, but he wasn’t a very strong man, and the work had been too hard for him. I was scared, having seen newspaper pictures of people being put out on the street with all their belongings.
“Ike, how much do you need?” the mailman asked. My dad said he needed $33 for the rent, and without hesitation, the mailman took $50 from his wallet and handed it to my father.
My dad said, “I don’t know when I’ll be able to pay you back.” The mailman put an arm around my father and said it would be okay if he paid him back or he didn’t pay him back.
The mailman noticed me looking through the window and said, “Isaac, things will not be this way forever. If you or your son will remember this day, there will be times in the future when someone needs your help. Help them within your means and tell them what happened this day. This will be my payback. Merry Christmas.”
As long as he lived, my father helped others when he could, and I’ve done my best to do my part in paying his generosity back.
—Martin Klapper, Longmont, Colorado
YOUR MIRTHFUL MOMENT OF THE DAY...The Baby Weighed How Much?
A church was preparing for Christmas services, and the pastor decided he wanted a banner made for the entryway. The job was promptly delegated to a church member. The member called the banner company and told the man on the phone the banner lettering he wanted and the dimensions needed for the entryway. A few days later the sign arrived, with the following lettering: "Unto Mary Jesus was born, six feet long and two feet wide."
YOUR YOUTUBE CHRISTMAS MOMENT
Enjoy Chris Tomlin with Lauren Daigle and Leslie Jordan leading a congregation in singing “A Christmas Alleluia.”
You can find the archived messages from this year's series on my website at http://terrypaulson.com/christmas.shtml/. More tomorrow...as we prepare for His coming!
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