How to Make Christmas Count
I. YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE THE SCENE
II. YOU HAVE GOT TO SING THE SONG
III. YOU HAVE GOT TO SEEK THE SAVIOR
A little boy went with his mother into a crowded department store where people were elbowing each other, & weary clerks were ringing up their sales. It was a scene of noise & frustration.
In the midst of it all stood the little boy holding on to a balloon filled with helium. But in the press of the crowd the boy was bumped & he lost his hold on the string. His balloon floated away to the ceiling.
One of the clerks saw it happen. So she called up the janitor & asked, "Would you please bring a ladder up here to retrieve a balloon?" The janitor said, "What?" She said, "I want you to rescue a balloon."
He protested, but then gave in. Soon here he came, bringing a ladder out into the middle of the crowded floor. For a moment everything seemed to stop. Cash registers stopped ringing.
People stopped elbowing each other, & everybody watched as the janitor climbed up the long stepladder, grabbed the string of the balloon, brought it down & handed it to the little bright eyed boy. And everybody applauded.
Then they started elbowing each other again. Cash registers started ringing again, & everything went back to the way it was before. But for a brief moment there was once again evidence of love & care & concern
A small boy was writing a letter to God about the Christmas presents he badly wanted. "I've been good for six months now," he wrote. But after a moment's reflection he crossed out "six months" and wrote "three". After a pause that was crossed out and he put "two weeks". There was another pause and that was crossed out too. He got up from the table and went over to the little crib scene that had the figures of Mary and Joseph. He picked up the figure of Mary and went back to his writing and started again: "Dear God, if ever you want to see your mother again you had better bring me some ...
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