The Adventures of Christopher Cross & Family

The Love Gift | by Cheryl Mariano

Sample "The Love Gift," one of Cheryl Mariano's eight fictional stories based on real life situations. Grades K-5 will find her stories fun and easy to understand. The objective is to reinforce biblical truths and applications, with each story including a simple, fun activity for children. Available now on Amazon. 

Theme: Sacrificial giving 

Scripture: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.

Chris' Sunday school class had decided to do something different this Christmas. To help show God's love, each child agreed to sacrifice a favorite, gently used toy. Their gift would then be given to a needy boy or girl living in a nearby Children's Home.

Chris looked through his toy box. He didn't quite know what he should give away. He liked all of his toys! He then spotted at the very bottom of his toy box his Dinobart Transformer.

Chris thought to himself, "I hardly ever play with that thing, I'll give that away!"

That afternoon Chris called his best friend and neighbor Todd. Todd was also in his Sunday school class and Chris wanted to know what he was bringing to give away. 

"I'm giving away my Igloo Invasions game" Todd said. "What! Chris exclaimed; you love that thing, don't you have anything else you can give away?" 

"It's Christmas time, Todd told Chris; the time of year when I remember the special love gift God gave me."

"Chris can you imagine how much love it took to leave a perfect beautiful heaven? To come to earth, be born in a stable, and later die on the cross to take our sins away?"

"I love my Igloo Invasions game, Chris, and I'm going to miss it very much, but God gave me His very best when He gave his Son Jesus, and I want to give my best also."

"Wow," said Chris; "You sure are going to make some boy or girl very happy this Christmas!"

All during the day, Chris kept remembering what Todd had said. It was true; God did give His very best when He sent Jesus.

Chris was beginning to feel badly. He had to admit to himself giving away his Dinobart Transformer wasn't really a sacrifice. He hardly ever even played with it!

"Maybe I could bring something else, he thought, something that I really . . . 

______________ End of sample. 

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Copyright 1999 Cheryl Mariano (a.k.a. Cheremiah)

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