Thursday, December 13, 2007

Santa Claus Came Tonight

In the form of two wonderful people named Mandy and Darren.

As many of you know, we aren't very well off and are unable to buy any Christmas presents this year. So, we went and informed our families that we couldn't buy them anything, which wasn't a big deal to any of them. But it was a big deal to us. We have felt so....I can't even think of a word to describe the feeling.

It's not a sadness for myself or Handsome Hunk even, but for Blue-Eyed Boy. To not be able to buy your little boy even one thing is heartbreaking. But I have been so thankful that he is still too young to even begin to grasp Christmas, or Santa Claus or any of that stuff. It wasn't going to be a big deal, we were okay with it.

Enter Forest Park Covenant Church. And more specifically the program "Outrageous Love" and our Adult Bible Fellowship.

"Outrageous Love" is a program designed to help families who do not have the means to celebrate Christmas. Individuals in the church sponsor them and provide them with gifts, and anything else they need for Christmas. It's a wonderful program and we thought it was amazing the moment we heard of it.

What was even more amazing was when our ABF decided to sponsor.........US! We hadn't told them we weren't having Christmas this year, we hadn't told them how we had no money to even buy one thing for Blue-Eyed Boy. It was definitely a God thing. He knew we needed some hope this season.

So, tonight Mandy and Darren (a beautiful, and wonderful couple I might add) from our ABF came tonight and put presents under our tree. They also brought a laundry basket full of household necessities like laundry soap, toothpaste and I don't know what else (I'm waiting for Handsome Hunk to get home to explore "the basket of goodness"). They came with a smile and a tin full of brownies still warm from the oven. But more importantly they brought us hope. Hope that there is a reason to keep pushing on even when our bills are overwhelming. Hope that we can be "normal" and not constantly scrapping together every dime wondering where our next meal is going to come from. And hope that one day we too can help someone else in the same way we were helped tonight.

So now I sit here in awe of the greatness of God and the goodness of His people.

With tears of joy streaming down my cheeks I can truly say..........
Yes! Yes, indeed folks, God came tonight.


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