There was one distraught coworker in my office last Thursday morning. He told a distressing story. It went something like this:
Coworker: Remember that client I have been working with the last several months? The one we helped get a walker for her mother?
Me: Yes, I remember. What about her?
Coworker: Well, she had asked for help getting Christmas gifts for her little girls. She faxed over the form. I followed up. But somehow they didn't get adopted.
Me: You've checked with the donations coordinator?
Coworker: Yes. Sometimes some families don't get adopted. I guess this is one of those circumstances. I hate to think those kids won't get anything for Christmas because of some mistake I might have made. I was awake all night thinking about it.
Me: Bring me the forms.
Coworker: That's awfully nice of you, but...
Me: Please bring me the forms...
Some emails were sent out, explaining the situation and asking for help. I had faith that this would work out, even though it was very last minute and most people would have already spent their Christmas budgets. I figured if a few people did a little, the parents would have enough to put under the tree.
I did not send to my entire address book. There was no real rhyme or reason to my choices. It was as if God was guiding my hand as I clicked on select individuals, some with whom I have not spoken directly in quite some time.
The response was overwhelming. There were bags of toys, puzzles, books, clothes, and shoes for the children. There were gifts for the parents. There was even a huge turkey for Christmas dinner.
I sat in the floor and cried when I went through the loot, humbled by the realization that if my friends would do this for strangers, they would surely do this and more for my family if asked.
And here is the final proof that God had His hand in all of this - every single person from whom I received a donation thanked me for giving them the opportunity to help out. THEY thanked ME! Many went on to tell me that they had been praying for a way to share their good fortune this year and that they now felt as if Christmas was finally here.
I have the most amazing friends in the world. I defy anyone to say otherwise. And my God is an awesome God!
Happy birthday, Jesus! And thank You. You have given me the best Christmas gift ever!