Christmas is about sharing and giving gifts. Our basis for celebration is the first Christmas season in the town of Bethlehem more than two thousand years ago.
As the 2023 Christmas season comes, let’s once again celebrate God’s love and the miracles His only son, Jesus Christ, brings.
I have an honest Christmas story to share with you.
Upon learning that I got sick in late October, a lovely couple from another town sent me money as support for my medical needs.
They weren’t sure when I would return to visit them, so on 8 November, they put some cash into an envelope and sent it to me via the New Zealand postal system.
When I got well, I met the couple, and they asked if I had received the gift they had sent via postal mail. I said no.
I learned they used our past home address, which they got from a phone directory. We haven’t lived in that address since 2016.
Initially, we agreed to give it another week, with the hope and prayer that the envelope would be returned to the sender.
They said if it won’t come back, the person who might have taken it needs it more than you do. “It still served the same purpose,” the husband told me.
I thanked them for their generosity and kindness. I assure them that despite the remote possibility of my receiving it, the Lord sees their heart and will bless them more.
After a week without any update, I promised them I would go to our old address and inquire. However, my busy schedule hindered me from going.
On 8 December, a month after it was sent, I was surprised to find the envelope (see photo) on my table at work with the content untouched.
I was on leave the day before when a man came to our workplace and left the envelope with my office mates.
Where does sending naked cash via the postal system and still the sendee receiving it untouched exist?
In the wee town of Timaru, we are blessed to have honest people in the postal system and around our neighbourhood. A place of shelter indeed.
May honesty reign forever in Timaru and worldwide.
The Christmas Spirit lives on!