I've often wondered how a person repays kindness. I know now...with a Christmas Jar.
As a young mother with 4 small children I struggled for years to make it from day to day. There were many times when I had to depend on the generous good will of the Salvation Army and other food banks in my area to provide nourishment for my children.
My children are grown now and my life has been blessed in ways I never thought were possible.
A little over a year ago I started my Christmas jar. Everyday I deposited my spare change into the jar. Those deposits became an opportunity for me to concentrate on how thankful I was for all that had been given to me each day.
Tonight as I prepared to hand my jar full of blessings off to someone else I reflected on my year of blessings. Even on the not so good days there was something to be thankful for.
Before leaving home this evening I said a quite prayer asking God to lead me to the person He intended to receive the Christmas Jar.
I drove 6 miles from my home to Harrisburg, PA without a plan or a specific destination in mind. All that was certain to me is that I would know who it was when I saw them.
In the parking lot of Toys R Us I found her. My heart started beating harder than Thumpers foot the second I realized who was getting the jar. The thought of approaching a complete stranger in a parking was both exciting and scary.
With one deep breath and a pull of the door handle and made my move.
"Hi, I would like to give this jar to you for Christmas."
"Are you kidding me," the woman said.
"No, Merry Christmas."
"Wow," she said, "Merry Christmas to you too."
As fast as that it was over.
I returned to my car where my daughter was waiting, and as soon as the door was closed we both began to cry.
As if a year full of blessings wasn't already enough, God blessed me again tonight. And tomorrow? A new jar begins.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
A Christmas Jars miracle so wonderful I literally couldn't wait to post it
This latest Christmas Jars story was so lovely and well written I simply could not wait until tomorrow to post it. I've read it three times and gotten teary each time. I know, I'm such a softie. (Be sure to read today's other CJ story below this post.)