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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Christmas (04/25/05)

TITLE: The Miracle of Christmas


Things had been a little difficult at our house that year. With five boys in the house and my younger brother Dave had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and had spent much of the month of November in the hospital. The bills were stacking up and no one was quite sure how things would turn out.

Mom and Dad pulled us together in the kitchen for family devotions and a short meeting. Dad hung his head and looked at the floor as he said, “Boys, this Christmas won’t be very big in the present department. You all will be lucky to get a pair of socks or some underwear.” We all knew things were bad. We didn’t even have a tree in the living room.

We had devotions and spent some time in prayer. We prayed for many things but mostly for my brother Dave. In fact there were people all over the world praying for that little three year old boy. Missionary families had written to let us know they were praying. Friends and family members called to let us know they were praying. We knew that God was going to provide a miracle for our family.

The miracle came home on Thanksgiving Day. Mom and Dad brought our little brother home. That was Christmas present enough for us. What a wonderful gift.

Dave was happy to be home, however he quickly realized we didn’t have a Christmas tree. That night he prayed, “Jesus, please I can have a Christmas tree.” It wasn’t so much a request as it was a proclamation.

That next week there was a group of teens from our church out caroling. They stopped by our house, sang a few songs and lifted our spirits a bit. Mom invited them in for some hot chocolate. As they visited they couldn’t help noticing the absence of a tree in our home.

A few hours later, those young people showed back up at our house with the most beautiful tree that ever graced our home. In fact I doubt there has ever been a prettier tree ever. It was late and we decided that we could decorate the tree the next morning when Dave was awake.

The next morning, Dave woke up and gleefully exclaimed, “Look! Jesus brought me a tree!” He looked at the tree and a puzzled look came over his face. He then added, “but Jesus forgot the plug.”

Dave is now 35 years old, married and the father of two beautiful children. God blessed us that Christmas with many miracles and continues to bless us.

(Dennis Tooley is the Founder of Potential Unlimited, Motivational Speaker and Christian Comedian. Visit Http://www.potentialunlimited4u.com)

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donna robinson05/02/05
I can't wait to get a few moments to visit your site! It was a great read but I thought it was almost Christmas in that opening paragraph and a time table would have been helpful when we see the brother came home on Thanksgiving. You let the reader feel the heartaches of waiting for the miracle of healing and yet always gave us a sense of peace;
Cheryl Johnson05/04/05
How sweet. Three-year-olds are simply amazing and adorable. I'm glad he was okay. Sweet story.
Shirley Thomas05/07/05
What a beautiful story. The faith of a child is something we can all learn from.
Dixie Phillips05/08/05
Loved how you showed the way God answered that little guy's prayer. Great Job!
Carnation NS05/08/05
Very warm story and proof of God's goodness and love.