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Holy Moments-A Christmas Story

   His name was William. If he spoke to you, you would know that he wasn’t like everyone else. You see, he lives in a nursing home because he can’t take care of himself. At first glance, he seems so out of place. He appears to be only in his fifties and gets around well enough. But his mental state is so that he wouldn’t make it alone. Our family met him one Christmas.           

Angie has always encouraged the girls to spend time ministering to those who are not like others. Being somewhat of outcasts ourselves we tend to relate to those that society seems to forget. But this time it would be hard for me. I never could go to the nursing home easily. It always made me feel uncomfortable. I always had said that it wasn’t my ministry. I related to others, I thought, and therefore God will use me there. I seemed to forget that the Lord always went into lives that He wouldn’t have related to. You know, He was righteous and they were full of sin.

   William was chosen as the one that we would do something special for that Christmas. We found out that he had little family and we were given permission to take him out on the town. Living in a small town doesn’t give one much occasion to do a lot, but we decided to take him out to eat and then drive him around and look at Christmas lights.

    Upon picking him up, we discovered that his favorite restaurant was Wendy’s, so off we went. The girls all talked to him in back of the van and he giggled like a schoolboy. He was so excited! We bought him a gourmet meal; a hamburger and fries – his favorite! He chuckled and it made me feel better about everything. It seemed that this wouldn’t be so hard after all. At one point he was getting so much attention from Angie and the girls that he said, “MisterPaulis going to get jealous!”

    After our meal we drove around to look at Christmas lights. He ooh’d and aah’d at it all. That’s when we found out that his sight wasn’t good. He saw the traffic lights and said “Oh, look at those up high!”! Our final destination was the town square. The town always decorates the courthouse so we went there. We parked and got out to walk around the block. Our daughters all took turns holding William’s arms while Angie and I followed.

  Now, there are special moments that we all have in life that I believe God ordains. These are moments, too quickly gone, when the Almighty speaks without words. They only happen a half dozen times or so in our lives. You’ve had them, too. Maybe when your child was born or at the bedside of an aged parent that was going on peacefully to their reward. I call them, Holy Moments.

  About the time that we reached the front steps of the courthouse we all stopped as if by cue. And that’s when it happened. A Holy Moment. William looked up and started singing in his little boy voice. “Si-went Night! Hooo-ee Night! Awww is come. Awww is bwight!” I felt the lump in my throat get bigger. I swallowed hard to keep from breaking into tears. As I looked at Angie, her tears told me that she’d had the Holy Moment, too. I said, “We are in the presence of greatness!”

   We took William back to his home and went to ours. It was a night that I would never forget. A small sacrifice of time and a cheap meal was the price for a man’s life to be changed. Mine. You see, it’s not the price of the gift that is important. It’s not the number of things under the tree. It’s not even about the family that we have around us. It’s all about that point in time when God sent His Son two-thousand years ago. That was truly a Holy Moment for all mankind.

  As you celebrate the Christmas season, it’s our desire that you know Him. It is awesome thing to think of Him in the manger. He was in our place on the cross. But now He’s at His Father’s side where He calls out to all of us by name in a still, small voice. Will you answer? Listen closely. Perhaps, this season will bring to you your own Holy Moment.


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Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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2 Responses to "Holy Moments-A Christmas Story"

  1. Wanda says:

    It’s amazing how things we do for others give us so much joy. I’ve enjoyed looking at your website–It gives me hope that maybe families will survive the next fifty years.

  2. Gail says:

    Thank you for this beautiful story. It touched my heart.
    Blessings Gail

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