The "W" in Christmas!!!

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  1. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    The 'W' In Christmas
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    Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. I cut back on nonessential obligations-extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending. Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of Christmas.


    My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting season for a five-year-old. For weeks, he'd been memorizing songs for his school's "Winter Pageant."


    I didn't have the heart to tell him I'd be working the night of the production. Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his teacher. She assured me there'd be a dress rehearsal the morning of the presentation. All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then. Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise.


    So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down. Around the room, I saw several other parents quietly scampering to their seats. As I waited, the students were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor. Then, each group, one by one, rose to perform their song.


    Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the holiday a s Christmas," I didn't expect anything other than fun, commercial entertainment - songs of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes and good cheer. So, when my son's class rose to sing, "Christmas Love," I was slightly taken aback by its bold title.


    Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy mittens, red sweaters, and bright snowcaps upon their heads. Those in the front row-center stage-held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song.

    As the class would sing "C is for Christmas," a child would hold up the letter C. Then, "H is for Happy," and on and on, until each child ; holding up his portion had presented the complete message, "Christmas Love."


    The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her; a small, quiet, girl in the front row holding the letter "M" upside down- totally unaware her letter "M" appeared as a "W."


    The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at this little one's mistake. But she had no idea they were laughing at her, so she stood tall, proudly holding her "W." Although many teachers tried to "shush" the children, the laughter continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it together.

    A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen. In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we celebrated the holiday in

    the first place, why even in the chaos, there was a purpose for our festivities.


    For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear:

    "C H R I S T W A S L O V E"

    And, I believe, He still is. Amazed in His presence... Humbled by His love.

    May each of you have a Merry Christmas as you reflect on His amazing love for all of us!
     
  2. Rainman4u2

    Rainman4u2 Guest

    Thanks JW. That was one of those that touch your heart even this early in the morning.

    Ray
     

  3. elphaba7

    elphaba7 New Member

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    Great story, JW!
     
  4. brad kilpatrick

    brad kilpatrick New Member

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    Great story JW

    Mysterious ways My friend mysterious ways
     
  5. shania

    shania New Member

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    "Thanks J.W. for telling in like it is" - "Great Story"!

    Bert :cool:
     
  6. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

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    John, ya big softie...great post. Happy CHRISTmas to you and yours...W
     
  7. FS Driver

    FS Driver New Member

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    good one jw
    i had this very one copied and ready to post and spotted your
    thread here and thought hey that looks familiar LOL

    quick draw mcgraw LOL
     
  8. tncatfishing

    tncatfishing New Member

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    Seen a sign yesterday on the way home that brought a smile to me just a simple sign put together by someone not bought it read HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS something more people should remember. Merry christmas to all have fun and be safe.
     
  9. TOPS

    TOPS New Member

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    Very good post JW, leave it to our children to bring joy to this season!
     
  10. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

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    Great post JW, I'm a kid do I bring any joy?.....LOL :eek: :p :D
     
  11. Mutt

    Mutt Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Great post JW just great. thanks for sharing
     
  12. Terry Day

    Terry Day New Member

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    JW

    I really appreciated your post! This is a special season! Sometimes I don't thing people remember why we celebrate CHRISTmas.

    Thanks Again! Good Job!!
     
  13. Big Country01

    Big Country01 New Member

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    great post jw, basicly from the mouths of babes the truth will come out...
    merry christmas everybody!!!!!!!!!
     
  14. zappaf19

    zappaf19 New Member

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    Christmass is in a persons heart.
    Bill
     
  15. SilverCross

    SilverCross New Member

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    Merry CHRISTmas jw and God Bless
     
  16. bud1110

    bud1110 New Member

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    Awesome post JW.


    Thanks for sharing it with us.. Merry Christmas...
     
  17. slimcat

    slimcat New Member

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    I have to say J. W. that was a GREAT post. Thanks.
     
  18. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    Great post JW!!!!! AWESOME!!!! Thank you brother for sharing it.