There is this lady in my ward (church congregation) who texts me a little encouraging thought or picture or quote every single morning.
Isn’t that the sweetest thing?
Even when she was in the hospital for heart surgery she didn’t stop. Wow.
Anyway, she sent me this Christmas poem last week that I read to Dave and Lucy as we drove on a little dinner date last weekend and got a little teary about.
So I wanted to share it here too.
I think it’s what finally started cracking open the Christmas spirit for me this season, so here you go (she didn’t know who wrote it and neither do I…if you have heard it before and you know, let me know!:)
A Christmas Story about GIVING
The Christmas Coat
An old man was fumbling around one day
In a women’s clothing store,
He’d found his wife a Christmas coat
And was headed for the door……
When he bumped into a little boy
That looked like he was lost
And he said “Mister can you help me
Find out how much something costs?’
‘Here it is almost Christmas
And the nights are gettin cold,
Winter time is on us
And my mom don’t have a coat,
I’ve been workin for the neighbors
And saving for some time”
And in his tiny outstretched hand
Was a dollar and a dime.
His gaze went from that big eyed boy
To that pretty Christmas coat,
And he finally cleared away the lump
That had gathered in his throat,
He said “Son that’s just what this coat costs
We’re lucky that we found ‘er”
And he turned around and gave a wink
To the lady at the counter.
She put it in a pretty box
And wrapped it up just so,
And went off in the back
And found a big red Christmas bow,
He said “I thank you for your help sir
And I kindly thank you ma’am;
I hope y’all are gonna have a big Christmas
Cause now I know I am!”
Well the old man walked home busted
Except for the dollar and the dime,
Thinkin he’d just have to buy
The coat another time,
He told his wife that Christmas this year
Wouldn’t be much fun,
And he gently took her in his arms
And told her what he’d done.
She said “Why you old softie
I wouldn’t trade you for a farm,
I’ve got two or three old coats with me
And your love to keep me warm!“
She put that money in a matchbox
And placed it beneath their tree,
And said “That is the grandest sweetest gift
You’ve ever given me!”
The years went by like years will do
When people are in love,
Their marriage was a golden bond
That was forged by God above;
Then one day came some bitter news
That filled his heart with fright
The doctor told the old man’s wife
That she was going to lose her sight!
He said “There’s an operation we can do
But it puts me on the spot….
Cause it’s a quite complex procedure
And it’s going to cost a lot”
The old man said “Doctor I’m a failure
I’ve made no preparation……
We don’t have the money
For that kind of an operation”
The doctor had the strangest look
And he sat there for a while,
And then he slowly nodded
And he broke out in a smile…..
He said “Why sir, you can’t fool me
You’re a very wealthy man!
You long ago invested
In the world’s best savings plan”
I’ll see she gets the best of care
She’s going to be just fine!
And the total cost to you old friend
Is a dollar and a dime”
The old man stared in disbelief
Then he recognized that smile…..
The one he’d seen those years ago
On a loving thoughtful child…..
The man said “What you gave me that day
Was more than just a coat,
You gave me the gift of giving
And you gave my mother hope!
My mother’d been mistreated
Neglected and abused,
But she gave life just one more chance
And it was all because of you ❤️❤️
Now every year she takes that coat
And lays it beneath our tree,
It represents to us the things
That Christmas ought to be.
She says that when we leave this world
For a better home someday,
The only things that we’ll take with us
Are the things we gave away!“
Sending LOVE this Monday morning!
(that are not nearly as sentimental as the Christmas coat in this story, but still can bring so much joy if we give from our hearts in the same way this man gave!)