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The Gold 
Wrapping Paper

christmas-story-goldThere was a man who worked very hard to just keep food on the table for his family.  This particular year, a few days before Christmas, he punished his little five-year-old daughter after learning that she had used up the family's only roll of expensive gold wrapping paper.  

As money was tight, he became even more upset when on Christmas Eve he saw that the child had used all of the gold expensive gold paper to decorate one shoebox she had put under the Christmas tree.  He also was concerned about where she had gotten money to buy what was in the shoebox.

Nevertheless, the next morning the little girl, filled with excitement, brought the gift box to her father and said, "This is for you, Daddy!"

As he opened the box, the father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, now regretting how he had punished her.

When he opened the shoebox, he found it was empty and again his anger flared.  "Don't you know, young lady," he said harshly, "when you give someone a present, there's supposed to be something inside the package!"

The little girl looked up at him with sad tears rolling from her eyes and whispered, "Daddy, it's not empty.  I blew kisses into it until it was all full."

The father was crushed.  He fell on his knees and put his arms around his precious little girl.  He begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger.

An accident took the life of the child only a short time later.  It is told that the father kept this little gold box by his bed for all the years of his life.  Whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult problems, he would open the box, take out an imaginary kiss, and remember the love of this beautiful child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us has been given an invisible golden box filled with unconditional love from God, our children, family and friends.  There is no more precious possession anyone could hold!

I hope you've enjoyed this little story as much as I did.  So many times we're reminded through the innocence of a little child what it is to love unconditionally!  

From the New Living Translation:

"Don't just pretend to love others.  Really love them.  Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other."    Romans 12: 9 and 11

Looking Forward to 2015!

Watch for the January 2015 Dresses for Orphans newsletter.  We'll be giving a recap not only of what's happened in '14 but also since the beginning of this ministry.  It's absolutely amazing to see what God has done in a very short time and we're anxious to share it with you.

End of Year Giving

I know many people plan special end-of-year giving.  If that is the case for you, please know that all funds received by Dresses for Orphans are used for supplies to make the dresses and shirt as we are an all-volunteer ministry.  And, all gifts are tax deductible.
Darlene Carpenter
Dresses for Orphans
3055 N Red Mountain, #133
Mesa, AZ  85207


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