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I’m reminded about a short story I heard on the radio some years ago about a little boy named Johnny, whose father had been hospitalized for an extended period of time as a result of an intense battle with cancer.  Johnny’s mother would bring him to visit his father 3-4 times per week. On any given day that Johnny’s father felt fairly better, he would work on constructing a model truck for Johnny, in hopes to finish it and surprise him with it for Christmas. Johnny’s father was so looking forward to presenting him with that model truck.

 

Finally, the day had come; the truck was finished and coated with a layer of shiny red craft paint. Johnny’s father could hardly wait to present him with this gift on his next visit. Unfortunately, upon his wife’s arrival, she told him that she thought it well to leave Johnny in the courtyard, (8 floors below his hospital room window) because he was coming down with what appeared to be a cold. It was common for many of the kids of ailing family members to play in that courtyard under the supervision of a friendly intern. However, his father was much too excited to wait until his son’s next visit so he asked one of the interns to take the truck down to his son in the courtyard. The father waited with excitement as he stood in the window overlooking the courtyard, eagerly waiting for his son to look up to his window and thank him for the gift he’d made for him. Much to his surprise, the moment Johnny accepted the truck from the intern, he watched Johnny jump up and down with joy as he grabbed the intern by the waist in appreciation for the little red truck. Overcome with excitement, Johnny began rolling the truck around on the ground and he never looked up to thank his father, the one who gave the intern the truck to give to him in the first place. The father began tapping on the window, proclaiming “son, hey look up!” “Johnny, I’m the one who told the intern to give you that truck, I made it for you….” The father exclaimed. The father waited for a few more moments, as he anticipated his son to look upward towards the window where he stood with intense anticipation to simply say “thanks dad.” Unfortunately, Johnny got so excited about the gift that he never thought to thank the ultimate giver – his father.

 

 What a thought provoking story. During this season of gift exchange, whatever you do, don’t get so excited about the gifts you receive from family and friends and forget to thank the “Ultimate Giver” - Jesus Christ. He is the reason for the season.



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