Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Opinion

December 15, 2012

Reason for the Season

A dear friend who works in retail related a story to me this week.

She told about a mother with three kids who tried to pay for her groceries with her Lone Star Card. She had swiped it three times, but after the third time, the machine locks up. Left with no way to pay for her food, she tried to explain in Spanish that she needed her groceries.

At that point, a man behind her in line spoke up and offered to pay for her purchases. The total was less than $200, and the children interpreted to her what the gentleman had expressed. She exclaimed over and over that she could not allow him to do that.

At this point, my friend piped up and told the kids to explain to their mother, “You must accept his blessing, because if you don’t, he won’t receive the blessing that is coming to him.”

I can imagine that everyone just stood there a moment with their mouths agape. After a few beats, the lady accepted the gentleman’s kind offer, and she and her children thanked him profusely and left the store. As he moved up in line, he expressed to my friend that he’d never heard it put quite that way before, and where did she get that? She replied that she’d heard it in a sermon not too many weeks before.

It brought to my mind a gift I received last Christmas. It was a very big gift (not in size, but in extravagance). When I opened it, I was speechless. When I finally found my voice, I told my friend I couldn’t possibly accept such a gift.

And what she said to me then is something I had not heard  before, but will remember always.

“Do not rob me of my blessing. You must accept it.”

I don’t think it’s the size or the cost of a gift that matters. I think what’s important is that in your heart, you are giving to bless the other person. My friend said that God just laid it on her heart to give me this particular thing, because she felt it was a “need,” not a “want.”

Give just to see a smile on the person’s face. Or a sense of relief wash over them if you’ve met a need.

Don’t give to see what you’ll get in return.

But I truly believe that if you give with the right heart, you will be blessed, as well.

The ultimate gift we received is the reason we celebrate Christmas.

Jesus is the reason for the season!

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Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore Magazine. Her column appears on Saturdays. She may be reached by email at dkirk@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this column? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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