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A small boy was writing a letter to God about the Christmas presents he wanted. "I've been good for six months now," he wrote. After a moment's reflection, he crossed out "six months" and wrote "three." After a pause he changed that to "two weeks." There was another pause and another erasure.

Finally, the boy got up from the table and went over to the little nativity scene that had the figures of Mary and Joseph. He picked up the figure of Mary and went back to his writing and started again: "Dear God, if ever you want to see your mother again ..."

[Stephen Arterburn and Bill Farrel, The One Year Book of Devotions for Men on the Go (Tyndale House, 2004). From Larson, C. B., & Ten Elshof, P. (2008). 1001 illustrations that connect (382). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House.]

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