"But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." — Galatians 5:22-23

 

Today, it’s so much easier to charge something on a credit card rather than give gifts of the heart, which are especially needed during the holidays.

Shelly Jenkins was a single mother of four — ages 16, 14, 10 and 8. The first Christmas after her divorce, she had charged all her cards to the max. She determined this year was definitely going to be different.

On Christmas Eve, she gave each of the children three pieces of stationery with envelopes. At the top of each page were the words, "What I love about my sister Judy," "What I love about my brother Billy," "What I love about my sister Lisa" and "What I love about my brother Erik." It took some convincing to assure them they could find just one thing they liked about each other.

On Christmas Day, the kids opened their presents and afterward were each given their three envelopes from their siblings. They read the words with teary eyes and red noses. Bill, the baby of the family, wasn’t expecting to hear anything nice, but here is what he heard: "What I love about my brother Bill is that he’s not afraid of anything." "Bill can talk to anybody." "What I love about my brother Bill is he can climb trees higher than anyone."

Bill said, "Gee, Mom, I didn’t even know they liked me!"

Shelly says, "We’ve had many big Christmases since then, but when asked which Christmas is our favorite, we all remember that one."

If you enjoyed Pastor David Watson’s stories presented in this column, you might appreciate reading his book, “The Little Red Christmas Book.” It includes more examples of sharing God’s love along with the story of the coming Messiah, Christmas prayers and a glimpse into the lives of the Watsons. I have been given 100 copies I can share with anyone who contacts me at church7@cox.net.