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THE CHRISTMAS UMBRELLA

© by David & Ruth Elliott, 2003
A few Christmas' ago, at night, I was driving down the street in the pouring rain in our old station wagon with our seven kids. My 10 yr old daughter Lisa was so excited. For years she had begged us for an umbrella of her very own, but we had not been able to afford it until then. "I want a big sturdy one, Mom, like you and Dad have". Now she had the umbrella she always wanted! We gave it to her early, so she would be able to use it in the heavy rain.
We passed a homeless man on the other side of the street - no hat, no raincoat, soaking wet. "Oh that poor guy!" I exclaimed, and couldn't find it in my heart to pass by and lose this teachable moment to help the children learn compassion. "I have to do something." While stopping at the next light I began fumbling in my purse to see if I had anything I could give him. I didn't have any money, as I had just purchased a few things for my family. All I could find was an old tract I had made that said, "God - I've made a mess of my life - can you help me?" I turned the car around, and as we drove closer I prayed, "God - please help me! Give me the right words to say!" Then I saw the fellow. He was a young man, probably in his early twenties, but looking more like a 50 year old, stooped over, rain dripping from head to toe.
As we approached the corner, I rolled down the window, and stuck out the tract. I said, "I wish I had something more to give you. I can't believe you're out here in this weather! You should go to one of the churches! There's one right down the street. They can help you!" He cocked his head and said, "They can?" "Of course," I answered. "That's what they're there for!" His eyes brightened up as he said, "Thank you." Then I heard my daughter's voice from the back seat. "Mom - give him this" and she handed me her treasured umbrella! He thanked her heartily, and we wished him a "Merry Christmas" as we drove off. We prayed for him that night, and thought that was the end of the story…
On a day in December of the next year I was driving again down the same street, right by the church I had told the young man about. I spotted him outside, talking to the preacher and raking leaves. He was dressed in better clothes, and looked healthier. "Wow! I guess he must have taken my advice!" I thought.
Several Decembers later, I found myself Christmas shopping again, this time with my husband, in the pouring rain. We went to a department store, and amid the hustle and bustle of people on my way in I passed one of the employees who looked vaguely familiar. As I searched my memory, I suddenly realized it was the same young man I had seen those few Decembers ago! I turned around and saw him with a big smile on his face helping a customer get to their car in the rain. He was holding a large, sturdy umbrella.
I'm so thankful I didn't turn away that day long ago in the rain. Who knows if it really was something I said. In the end, God gets the glory. But it sure made me happy to be a part of the story!
Everything BIG starts out small. God gave us a gift. It was just a small gift at first: a little baby in a manger. His parents weren’t wealthy, some felt he was a mistake, and some didn’t want him to be born. But he grew into a man, and gave the greatest gift we could ever know - He took the punishment for everyone's sins so we could have the assurance of eternal life! It’s for YOU!

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