A Dollar and a Dime…
This week I would like to share a wonderful Christmas story. I fell in love with this story, so I borrowed it from a friend – hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!
The Christmas Coat.
A young man was fumblin around one day, in a women’s clothing store, He’d found his wife a Christmas coat and was headed for the door when he bumped into a little boy that looked like he was lost.
The little boy said “Mister can you help me Find out how much something costs? Here it is almost Christmas, and the nights are gettin cold. Wintertime is upon us, and my mom don’t have a coat. I’ve been workin for the neighbors and saving for a time”.
In his tiny, outstretched hand was a dollar and a dime. His gaze went from that big eyed boy to that pretty Christmas coat. When he finally cleared away the lump That had gathered in his throat He said
“Son that’s just what this coat costs. We’re lucky that we found ‘er” as he turned around and gave a wink to the lady at the counter. She put it in a pretty box and wrapped it up just so, then went off in the back and found a big red Christmas bow.
He said “I thank you for your help, sir. I kindly thank you ma’am. I hope y’all are gonna have a big Christmas, Cause now I know I am”.
Well, this young man walked home broke, except for the dollar and the dime. Thinkin he’d just have to buy the coat another time. He told his wife that Christmas this year wouldn’t be much fun, as he gently took her in his arms and told her what he’d done.
She said “why you old softie I wouldn’t trade you for a farm. I’ve got two or three old coats and your love to keep me warm.“ She put that money in a matchbox and then placed it beneath their tree. She said, “that is the grandest gift you’ve ever given me!”
The years went by like years will do When people who are in love. Their marriage was a golden bond that was forged by God above. Then one day came some bitter news that filled his heart with fright. The doctor told the old man’s wife that she was going to lose her sight. He said “there’s an operation we can do but it puts me on the spot cause it’s a quite complex procedure. And it’s going to cost a lot”
The old man said, “doctor I’m a failure I’ve made no preparation. We don’t have the money for that kind of an operation.“
The doctor got the strangest look and he sat there for a while. Then he slowly nodded, and he broke out in a smile. He said, “why sir you can’t fool me You’re a very wealthy man. You long ago invested in the world’s best savings plan. I’ll see she gets the best of care. She’s going to be just fine and the total cost to you old friend, is a dollar and a dime!”
The old man stared in disbelief then he recognized that smile. The one he’d seen those years ago on a loving thoughtful child. He said “what you gave to me that day was more than just a coat. You gave me the gift of giving. You gave my mother hope. My mother’d been mistreated, neglected and abused. But she gave life just one more chance and it was all because of you. Now every year she takes that coat and lays it beneath our tree. It represents to us the things that Christmas ought to be. She says that when we leave this world, for a better home someday, the only things that we’ll take with us Are the things we gave away.“ I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!
What a great story about the joy of Christmas. It always amazes me how a small act of kindness can change someone’s life. You may never know what effect you have on another’s life. This is an example of the true spirit of Christmas.
People talk about the spirit of Christmas and wanting to enjoy the spirit all year long. That spirit is found in the gift that God gave this world some 2000 years ago. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” God gave us the Greatest Gift of all. Through God’s Son Jesus, we can have eternal life with God in Heaven.
So here’s my question to you, have you accepted God’s Gift? Do you have fellowship with God? If Not, now is the time to find joy and fellowship with God! If you would like the have the spirit of Christmas all year long, all you need to do is accept God’s free gift and ask Jesus to come into your life.
Please… if you don’t know Christ or have fallen away, please pray… Tell God you believe His Son Jesus paid for your sins and arose from the grave. Tell God you are sorry and want to start Living for Him. He will forgive your sins and mistakes and give you Everlasting Life with Him… and place His Spirit deep within your heart. In 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
I pray that God’s Love will fill your Christmas this year! Merry Christmas. If you would like for me to pray with you, please email me at Bob.L@magnificentPromises.com.
May God Bless and Keep!
I thank you for reading my blog. I do not claim to be any expert or affiliated with any religious organization. All I can say is that I’m affiliated with my Lord Jesus Christ. This is one man’s opinion and observation. My hope is I stirred up some thoughts for you to think about. There is one place that we can find all the answers to life. That road map is Commonly known as the Bible. If you want the answers to life all you have to do is read. If you would like me to pray with you or want to send a comment, please email me at Bob.L@magnificentpromises.com
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16