3-Week Series: Double Blessing

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Merry Christmas - God loves you.

One Christmas, a wealthy businessman provided winter coats for children at an elementary school located in a poor area of the city. The principal escorted the special guest to each class so he could meet the children and tell them about their new coats.

When they arrived at Tommy’s class, the teacher asked if she could take a picture of the businessman and the children. As the principal was getting everyone in place, Tommy refused to stand with the rest of the children. The principal tried everything she could but Tommy would not cooperate.

When the teacher saw what was happening, she went to Tommy and whispered something to him. Tommy looked up at his teacher and smiled. He went over to the businessman, hugged him, and stood right next to him.

As the businessman was leaving, he asked the teacher how she had gotten Tommy to stand for the picture. The teacher explained, “Tommy comes from a family that has a number of problems. Because of that, he doesn’t fit in very well with the other children. He is withdrawn and often depressed. Tommy doesn’t know that he is loved.”

The businessman responded, “But what did you say that convinced him to stand for the picture?” The teacher smiled and said, “I told him that you had asked for him to stand next to you.” The businessman said, “Well, that was a good trick.” The teacher replied, “No, it wasn’t a trick. If you had known about Tommy’s situation, you would have wanted to help him feel special and loved by standing next to you. Wouldn’t you?” The businessman looked at the teacher with a tear in his eye and said, “Yes.”

So many people in the world do not know how much God loves them. They do not know the truth of John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

God wants His church to tell every single person about His great love for them. He wants people to know how special and precious they are to Him. He wants them to know what He has done for them through Jesus. The church is the only one God has called to share that Good News. We must commit our lives to that most important task.

Perhaps you are reading this story and you don’t know how much God loves you. This Christmas, visit a local church and hear more about that love. Experience that love. Let that love change your life. Merry Christmas. God loves you.

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