A few weeks ago at The Woodlands Church, Pastor Kerry encouraged us to stop by the Angel Tree on the way out and make a wish come true for lots of local kids. These kids are children up through age 18 who are in low income families or with the Child Protective Service – kids who may not be having a Christmas at all.
Patty and I each took a paper cut-out of an angel off the Christmas Tree as we exited. Patty chose an 18 year old boy. I chose an 11 year old girl. Each child can make a request for clothes and for a gift. The paper angel has their age, size and a wish for a present on it. Mine asked for pants and a shirt/top and ….. although she could have asked for lots of things…she asked for a bracelet. It still chokes me up to this about that. Of all the things that an 11 year old girl could have asked for, she asked for a bracelet.
Needless to say, I shopped just for her, asking the ladies in the kids department to help me find her size and a cool top. I also got her not one but several bracelets. I hope she smiles when she opens her present.
This past weekend, all of us who chose to sponsor an angel, dropped off all our presents when we went to church. The sight was overwhelming. Tears flowed from Patty’s face. So many presents filled the packing tables. FedEx had lined up about 12 delivery trucks to distribute the packages to local schools or buildings. Then as we walked towards the church, hundreds of brand new bicycles lined the paths all around the courtyard. There were so many gifts and presents! It felt so good to see it all. It was awesome!
And what’s equally amazing is that we’ll never see the child we bought for, and they’ll never see us. Its just blindly giving, without strings or any expectation of a ‘thank-you’ or a smile. It’s the most amazing feeling to just give.
Who could ever dream that the act of giving could be so rewarding to the one who gives?