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Nov 07, 2011
It was two days before Christmas when I met Shane and Sissy, accompanied by their grandmother whom I had met during the summer. Mrs. Smith had walked into our Oxford office as a new resident to our community and expressed a desire to help the Children’s Homes. Each time she moved to a new community, she sought out places of service.
Periodically, she would stop by to leave personal or snack items or maybe even paper goods. She explained that she would pick up one or two items when she shopped and set them aside until she was coming our way. Doing it this way, the expense was hardly noticeable and she enjoyed doing it.
The trip that day, however, was not about her but about her grandchildren. She wanted to teach Shane and Sissy to think about the needs of others. They each had been given $25.00 to spend on a child’s Christmas. She marveled at how cautious they were in purchasing items that would be age-appropriate and reflect Christian values.
What Mrs. Smith, Shane and Sissy did not know was that just the day before I had learned of two children in need for Christmas. The gifts selected perfectly fit the children in need.
I’m not sure why, but I continue to be amazed at God’s ability to meet our needs.
A new generation is capturing the vision of how to best respond to the needs of others. With God’s infinite wisdom the future looks bright.
By Ted Embry, Area Director, Northeastern Alabama