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Topic: The Reason for the Season of Christmas (12/04/08)
- TITLE: All Dogs Come From Heaven
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It was two days before Christmas and Tina decided to ask again for a dog. Her mother, Irene, was in the kitchen baking cookies. It was a tradition she loved, for she had happy memories helping her mom create them. Before Tina could ask, her mother replied, “No Tina. We can’t afford a dog and we have no place to put it.”
“Oh Mom! Please, couldn’t we have one? Mrs. Teasdale down the street has two dogs she can’t keep anymore and she said she would give them away for free. And, Dad said that if it were alright with you, we could?! So, please mother, couldn’t we?”
“Tina, I’m not going to say this again. We can’t have a dog. We have little room and there’s just too much to do when a dog comes to stay.”
Tina knew it was fruitless to ask anymore and besides she didn’t want to anger her mom. She knew how hard her mom worked at home and at National Insurance.
She decided to finally accept the fact that there would be no dogs in the house, at least for a very long time. So, she got busy helping her mom with the cookies and playing inside games with her sister.
Time flew by as it often does when days are short, especially the days before Christmas.
Soon Christmas Eve arrived and Tina and her sister, Tonia were dreaming of what was to come. They suspected from the whisperings between their father and mother that this year, Christmas would be wonderful. And, of course, they were hoping that Santa would be good to them, too.
Around seven on Christmas Eve Tina and Tonia were sitting in front of the old fireplace and singing Christmas songs. Tina was happier than she had been in a long time. She loved Christmas, but most of all she loved the story of the Christ Child and the joy and hope it brought to all.
Later, around nine, right before they went to bed Tina heard something unusual outside. It was a kind of crying, but it was more than that. It was more like a whimpering. Everyone else was relaxing in front of the TV, so while they were watching TV, Tine walked slowly but with anticipation toward the front door.
She looked through the glass pane and saw something lying directly on the outside of the porch. It was hard to tell what it was, for the glass pane was not clear and was frosted over with ice.
Slowly she opened the door and saw something she had been longing to see for a very long time. For right on the porch, lying as if exhausted, was a collie. The poor dog looked like he had been traveling for a long time and from what Tina could see, had been abused. He had some blood on his neck and hind quarters and appeared to be having trouble breathing.
Immediately, she ran to the living room and shouted, “Mom….Dad….Jane…Come quickly! There’s a dog lying on our porch and he looks hurt and so tired!”
Tina’s dad responded, “Now Tina, don’t get excited. We know nothing about this dog or where he came from. And if he or she is hurt, we must be careful. Let’s see how it goes and if no one responds in two weeks, the dog will stay. I’ll go and check him out.”
Tina’s dad carefully led the dog in and then gingerly put him into the garage. He looked him over good and saw that he didn’t have a collar on. It looked like the poor thing ran away from wherever he came from. He gave the dog some food and water and layed down a blanket next to the food and water.
The following day he put an ad in the paper which read, “Dog found. In poor shape. Please come and pick him up. Call: 555-423-9751.”
In the meantime, a vet gave him a good “once over” and said, “All this poor dog needs is some healing, love and food.”
For two weeks no one called and so ‘Lad’ soon became part of the family. When Tina heard that the collie was theirs, she uttered, “Thank you, Jesus!”
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