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Stephen A. Peterson
On December 21, 2004, a young woman named Callie, a junior nursing student at the University of Central Oklahoma, received a new 2005 car from an unknown wealthy benefactor. The only thing Callie had to agree to was never to look for or reveal the name of her benefactor. This was an easy request for Callie to agree to. On Christmas Eve when Callie came out of the science building, she noticed a poorly dressed woman walking around her shiny new red lexus.
“Is this your car?” the poor woman asked.
“Yup!” Callie responded. “A person I never met just gave me this brand new car!”
The poor woman was astounded, “You mean somebody you never, ever met gave you this brand new car? You didn’t pay anything? Gosh, I wish I would meet somebody like that! WOW!”
Callie looked at the poorly clad woman then said, “Say, would you like to take a ride in my brand new car?”
“You’d do that? Really?”
After driving around the college campus in Edmond, Oklahoma with her new found friend, Csllie let her out in front of the student union building. “Thank you for letting me ride in your brand new car. That was great! Would it be asking too much to ask if you could take me home?”
Callie smiled and thought she knew what the poor woman wanted to do. That is, she wanted to show her friends that she knew someone with a brand new, beautiful car. But Callie found that she was wrong about the poor woman.
“Will you please stop at that red brick house?” The poor woman quickly climbed out of the car and quickly went up the short flight of steps to the house. Within less than a minute she came back with her mother and cerebral palsy daughter. “That’s the lady I told you about. Somebody just gave her that brand new car. She didn’t have to pay anything for it. Someday I’m gonna earn enough to go on to college at the University then get a good job. When I get that job I will get you a van so I can take you around Edmond and Oklahoma.
Callie was stunned to learn about the hopes and dreams of the poor woman. Callie got out of her new lexus then beckoned the woman, her daughter and mother to get in with her to go on a Christmas shopping trip to nearby Oklahoma City as a Christmas present for this family. With the little money she had, Callie bought each family member a present before the stores closed.
Later that day, Callie was visited by a smiling man. “Bless you my daughter! Because you did not withhold the little that you had from Me, your blessings will be many.” On that Christmas Eve of 2004, Callie learned what Jesus meant and the truest meaning of Christmas.
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