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REMEMBERING WHAT IT MEANS
This is from an article by Tom Anderson that appeared in Southern Farm Publications:
A friend of mine named Paul received a new automobile from his brother as a Christmas present. On Christmas Eve when Paul came out of his office, a street urchin was walking around the new car, admiring it. "Is this your car, Mister?" he asked.
Paul nodded. "My brother gave it to me for Christmas." The boy was astounded. "You mean your brother gave it to you and it didn’t cost you nothing? Boy, I wish…" He hesitated.
Of course Paul knew what he was going to wish. He was going to wish he had a brother like that. But what the lad said jarred Paul all the way down to his heels.
"I wish," the boy went on, "that I could be a brother like that."
Paul looked at the boy in astonishment, and then impulsively he added, "Would you like to go for a ride in my automobile?
"Oh, yes, I’d love that."
After a short ride the boy turned and with his eyes aglow said, "Mister, would you mind driving in front of my house?"
Paul smiled a little. He thought he knew what the lad wanted. He wanted to show his neighbors that he could ride home I a big automobile. But Paul was wrong again.
"Will you stop where those two steps are?" the boy asked.
He ran up the steps. Then in a little while Paul heard him coming back, but he was not coming fast. He was carrying his little crippled brother. He sat him down on the bottom step, then sort of squeezed up against him and pointed to the car.
"There she is, Buddy, just like I told you upstairs. His brother gave it to him for Christmas and it didn’t cost him a cent. And some day I’m gonna give you one just like it…then you can see for yourself all the pretty things in the Christmas windows that I’ve been trying to tell you all about."
Paul got out and lifted the lad into the front seat of his car. The shining-eyed older brother climbed in beside him and the three of them began a memorable holiday ride.
That Christmas Eve, Paul learned what Jesus meant when he said: "It is more blessed to give…."
A young woman gave birth to her first child and because her husband was on military duty, she spent a couple of weeks after the birth at the home of her parents.
One day she mentioned to her mother that she was surprised the baby’s hair was
reddish when both she and her husband were blonde.
"Well, Mary," said the grandmother, "you must remember, your daddy’s hair is red."
"But Mamma," said Mary, "that doesn't make any difference, because I'm adopted."
With a smile, Mamma said the loveliest words that her daughter Mary had ever heard: "I always forget."
MY DOG SPOT
"My dog means somebody nice and quiet to be with. He does not say Do like my mother, or Don't like my father, or Stop like my big brother. My dog Spot and I sit together quietly and I like him and he likes me."