"Dear Santa"
(By Sharon Bryant)

12-15-2005 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #369

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This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Patije

Story of the Week
Dear Santa
By Sharon Bryant

It's getting to be that time of year when children will be crawling up on Santa's lap, asking for their dreams of toys, dolls, games, computers, etc. Santa's all over the country will be listening. But there is one Santa who is not like most, and I'm proud to say I know him personally.

Where we work, we have a candlelight walk. It's always the second week of December. We have log cabins from the 1800s. The walks are led by a Civil War Soldier, who takes groups of people back to the 1800s era and show them how Christmas was celebrated then. Santa is always there, and many listen as children tell Santa what they want him to bring on Christmas Eve.

Last year, a little boy touched the heart of Santa in a way no other child had. And Santa touched the heart of the listening public in a way no other Santa has.

The little boy was about seven-years-old. He climbed on Santa's lap, looked at him, then said, "I know you can't bring me what I really, really want, Santa."

Santa told him to go on and tell him what he wanted.

"I want my Paw Paw to come back. He died and lives in heaven." With tears in his eyes, the little broken-hearted boy hung his head down. Santa's heart begun to hurt for the child.

Santa said, "When your Paw Paw was here, did he take you fishing?" The little boy nodded yes.

Santa asked, "When your Paw Paw was here, did he fix toys and things that were broken?" Another nod of the head.

Santa said, "When your Paw Paw was here with you, did you and he do a lot of things together?" The little boy nodded yes.

Santa asked, "Did your Paw Paw tell you he loved you many times?" The little boy's tears slid down his cheeks as he whispered yes.

Santa's white gloved finger softly touched the little boy's chest, right over his heart, then he begun: "Your Paw Paw didn't die, he lives RIGHT HERE. You will always have your Paw Paw with you."

The little boy lifted his head up, and a smile was seen through those little tears.

They tell me there wasn't a dry eye in the crowd that night. Sniffles were heard all over the room, as Kleenex and handkerchiefs were brought out.

Santa told me just yesterday that he will never forget that child. He told me he felt so badly for that little boy, whose Paw Paw was his world. Yet, with the touch of a magical glove, dear Santa brought a smile to a little one's face just days before Christmas.

And that's the way it should be!

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        Help me to say the right things at the right times to the right people to most be in loving Service to all of Your Children, and to You.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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