"Santa's Helper"
(Author Unknown)

11-29-2013 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #761
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

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

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Story of the Week
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Santa's Helper
(Author Unknown)

There are far too many people in this world, who do not believe in Santa Claus. I feel sorry for these non-believers. They miss out some of the greatest joys in life by failing to allow themselves to keep a child's heart, no matter their age.

A little boy was saddened because one of his classmates told him his parents said there wasn't a Santa Claus. But his grandma reassured him that, yes indeed, there is a Santa Claus. In fact, she said she was on Santa's team, and she invited her grandson to join that same team.

Grandma gave the little boy $10 and took him to a store downtown. She let the little boy go into the store all by himself with just one instruction: he must use the $10 to buy something for someone else, someone in need of something.

That's a tall order for such a little guy, but he took the job quite seriously. After all, Grandma says if he succeeds in this task he, too, can be on Santa's team.

As he roamed the aisles of the store, fingering the $10 bill in his hand, he finally thought of Bobby Decker. Bobby is a boy in his class who never goes out to play at recess with the other little boys and girls. His mother sends a note just about every day, saying that he has a cold and must stay inside. But his classmates figured out that Bobby Decker doesn't really have a cold, he just doesn't have a good coat to keep him warm in the winter winds.

So the little boy shopped around the store and found a coat to fit Bobby. He took it to the counter, where the clerk found it strange to see a little boy, trying to buy a coat all on his own. Normally, moms help out on things like that. The clerk struck up a conversation with the boy and learned that the little customer before her was buying this coat for his classmate, who never goes out to play at recess.

She rang up the sale, and while there was no change coming back, the $10 was just the right amount to pay in full for the coat. The little boy returned to his grandma with his purchase. Later, at home, a slip dropped out of the coat. Grandma picked it up and looked at it, then tucked it away in a family bible.

Together, the boy and his grandma drove to Bobby Decker's house. They crept quietly up to some bushes in front of the house, as Grandma said Santa always insists on secrecy. Seeing that the coast is clear, the little boy took the coat--wrapped in pretty paper with a bow on top--to the door and rang the bell before dashing away. On the box, was a note that read: "To Bobby, Love Santa!"

Santa's team made it so Bobby's mother no longer had to write a note, keeping him from recess. He was able to laugh and play with the other kids. He was warm that winter.

And the little boy learned that Grandma was right all along. There most certainly is a Santa! Never had anything made him feel so good, so proud, as being on Santa's team.

Many years later, the little boy, now a man, leafed through that family bible, and the memory came rushing back when a small slip of paper fell out from between the pages. The price listed on the paper was $19.95, and he smiled when he discovered that the clerk must have been on Santa's team, too.

There are no team uniforms, no team tryouts, not even any practices. Santa's team works in secret, but its successes are everywhere. And, every year about this time, we are all invited to join. New members are always welcome. Look around, it's not hard to find a need, even a small need.

Santa needs our help. He cannot do it all alone. And, while it's a secret that non-believers will never understand, rest assured that being on his team will bring you the greatest Christmas joy you have ever known.

Grandmas are never wrong about things like that.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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“Believe in love. Believe in magic. Hell, believe in Santa Clause. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don't, who will?”

(From: Jon Bon Jovi )

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        By any other name... it is still 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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