Terri was nine years old. She loved her dog Max. One evening she was brushing his soft brown fur. “Hold still Max, almost done. Dad will be home from work soon, then we can go for a walk!” Terri replied.
Her Mother was giving her little Brother Sammy a Bath. Suddenly she heard a knock at the door. Max began to bark. Terri knew she was not allowed to answer the door alone- so she ran to tell her Mother.
“Who is it?” her Mother asked, as she lathered more soap onto Sammy’s hair. “I don’t know Mom. There are People on the porch singing!” Terri replied.
Her mother couldn’t come to the door yet, so Terri ran to look out the window. She smiled in her heart as she heard the beautiful voices singing; “Hark the herald Angels sing, Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled"
By now the group was finding their way up the long driveway next door. Terri tried counting the Kids, "1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10."
Finally her Mother had little Sammy all cleaned up and ready for bed. Terri shared with her Mother about the Kids she had heard singing on her Porch. “Oh they must be the Christmas Carolers!” Her Mother said. “I’m sorry I couldn’t answer the door to give them something.” replied her Mother.
“Terri, can you still see them down the street?” asked her Mother. “I think so...yes Mom, their coming back on the other side of the street!” Terri replied.
Terri ran to find her Mother gathering things in the Kitchen. “I wonder how many bags we will need to fill?” her Mother asked.
“Mom, I counted ten People.” Terri said.
“Great, I found another Tract, so that’s 11- just in case you need one more!” replied her Mother. “Dad has a whole box of Sample Flashlights to give away.
Can we give them each a Flashlight? asked Terri. “Sure Honey! And how about a
homemade cookie too!” said Mother.
Into each baggie Terri and her Mother put; a little flashlight, a gospel tract, and a homemade cookie wrapped in foil.
Max started barking again. “It’s Dad! He’s home from work!” said Terri, as she ran to open the garage door.
Terri, her Father, and her dog Max walked down the street. It seemed to get darker every second. Their little flashlights led the way, soon catching up with the Christmas Carolers. They found a huge van parked with a lady sitting in the drivers seat. Terri and her Father waved at the woman, and went up to the van to talk with her.
“Are you with the Christmas Carolers?" asked Dad.
The Lady said, “Yes.”
“Hi. We live down the Street. Sorry we couldn’t answer the door when the Kids were singing on our porch. We have something for each of them. Would you please pass these out when they come back to the Van?” replied Dad. The Lady just nodded her head and was so surprised, she was speechless!
“How many Kids are there?” Terri asked the Lady.
“Ten!” the Lady replied, smiling from ear to ear.
“Good! There should be just enough bags. Even one for you!” Terri told the Lady.
The Lady was very thankful and excited to tell the Kids what they had told her! She said she would be happy to pass out the bags!
Soon Terri and her Family could hear singing; they gathered together by the living room window where they could see ten little lights, as the young Teenagers were now singing joyfully and happily skipping and running up the long driveway across the street!
“They will be a lot safer, walking at night with the flashlights.” thought Terri.
“I pray the People in our neighborhood really take to heart the words they are singing and proclaiming.” thought Mother.
“I wonder if there are any cookies left for my lunch tomorrow?” thought Dad.
Soon they heard the whistling of the kettle. “Time for hot cocoa everyone!” called Mother, as she handed Dad a tray of fresh baked cookies!
“And let’s thank God for the Christmas Carolers, and pray for them to keep singing and sharing God’s love!” Terri smiled and said.
PRAYER: "Heavenly Father, I pray for open doors for myself and for others to witness Jesus wherever we go. It is so sad how many people cross our paths each day and who are lost, in the dark, and without Christ. Please soften hearts that they see how much you love them, Lord. Thank You for hearing my prayer. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen."
Copyright 2019 Rosemary Bruton
LaGrange, OH USA
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