A Christmas Lesson

by Tom Krause
(Nixa, MO USA)

A Christmas Lesson

"Is there a purpose? Why are we here?"
A little boy asked as the yuletide drew near.
"I really do hope that someday I will know
the reason we stand out here in the snow,
ringing this bell as people walk by
while thousands of snowflakes
descend from the sky."

The young boy exclaimed, "Mother where does it go?"
"All the pennies we collect - every year in the snow."
"Why do we do it? Why do we care?"
"We worked for these pennies so why should we share?"

The mother just smiled at her shivering son
who would rather be playing and having some fun
but soon would discover before evening was done
the meaning of Christmas the very first one.

She thought for a moment
on that cold night outside
then turning to her son
with a soft voice replied.

"Because once a small baby - so meek and so mild
was born in a manger - so humble the child.
The son of a King - was born in this way
to bring us the message He carried that day.

"The present God gave the world on that night,
was the gift of his son to make everything right.
Why did he do it? Why did he care?,
to teach about loving and how we should share."

"The meaning of Christmas, you see my dear son,
is not about presents or just having fun
but the gift of a father - his own precious Son
so the world would be saved when his work was all done"

Now the little boy smiled - with a tear in his eye
as snowflakes kept falling from out of the sky -
rang louder the bell as the people walked by
while down deep in his heart at last he knew why.

Copyright © Tom Krause 2003.

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Oct 02, 2009
Touching, Inspiring, Powerful
by: Anonymous

Hi Tom,
Loved your story.

You have a beautiful way with words, expressing simply and succinctly universal truths.

Thanks for sharing your story with us.

Warmly and gratefully,

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