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“And do not forget to do good, and to impart (share with others); for by such sacrifices God’s favour is obtained.” – Hebrews 13:16, Douay-Rheims

Bryan was in the fourth grade when his dad was hurt in a severe car accident. He survived, but he wasn’t able to work. He had a long road to recovery ahead that would include multiple surgeries and months of physical therapy.

Overnight, Bryan’s life changed. His mom started working long hours, trying to keep a roof over their heads. As the Christmas season neared, the Christmas tree went up but there were no gifts under it.

Bryan’s older brother explained that there wasn’t enough money to go around. “We’ll have Dad and that’s the best gift,” His brother comforted him.

A few days before Christmas, there was a knock on the door. When Bryan’s mom opened it, an older man introduced himself. He explained that he was from a local organization and they wanted to provide Christmas for the family.

Years later, Bryan still remembers that as his best Christmas. Not because of the gifts but because it meant his family hadn’t been forgotten.

Now Bryan saves up year round to afford gifts for other families in need. He wants them to know that God sees their situation and cares.

Reflection Questions: Have you ever received a gift that really communicated someone’s love for you – from a friend or a stranger? Have you ever given this kind of a gift? What could you give this Christmas to show someone they are not forgotten – that God loves them and that someone cares?
God, please show me a family I could bless this Christmas. I want to be part of comforting families like Bryan’s this holiday season.
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