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A Christmas Blessing for All

A Christmas Blessing for All

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Published by Debbie Guinn
A true story that proves the best gifts can't be bought with money or placed under the tree.
A true story that proves the best gifts can't be bought with money or placed under the tree.

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Published by: Debbie Guinn on Dec 20, 2009
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A Christmas Blessing for All
by Debbie Guinn
“Dear children, don't just talk about love. Put your love into action. Then it will truly be love.” 
1 John 3:18 (NIRV)Being the single mother of three teenage girls is difficult and being on disability—due to blindness resulting from Multiple Sclerosis—makes not only paying billsdifficult, but made buying Christmas presents impossible, last year. My girls tookit well when I told them we would not have enough money for presents and we allagreed—and were content—to shift our focus from presents to the true meaningof Christmas…the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.Little did I know that across town the Martins were teaching their four childrenabout the importance of giving to those less fortunate than themselves. Havingsaved one third of the money they earned by doing chores the previous year, thechildren had decided to give it to someone in need at Christmas.A local radio station had a Christmas Wish contest to help those in need andunbeknownst to me, Suzanne, a dear sixteen-year-old friend, had entered myfamily and me into the contest. Although we did not win the contest, the Martinfamily had gone to the radio station to look through the contestants for a family tobless with the money they had saved. As they looked through the entries, themiddle son felt a tug on his heart when he read our entry, submitted by Suzanne.The Martins agreed to choose our family to bless with the money they had saved.On December 23rd, I received a phone call from an elated Suzanne, revealingher secret Christmas Wish and the Martin’s desire to help us. I was speechless!To know that this precious sixteen-year old would want to help make our Christmas special, was so touching to my heart. Then, to learn that a familychose us, out of the hundreds—even thousands—of wishes submitted,overflowed my heart with joy and gratitude, beyond anything words couldexpress, at the moment.The Martin family came to our house on Christmas Eve, bringing the money thatthey had saved. It wasn’t in a check; it wasn’t even a rounded off amount. It wasevery wrinkled, crumpled dollar that they had saved taken straight from their 

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