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christmas story: forgive & forget

The Gold Wrapping Paper: a Story of Forgiveness & Thanks

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once upon a time, there was a man who worked very hard just to 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 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 & 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.

but, when he opened the shoebox, he found it was empty & 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 & 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, & 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 & kisses from our children, family, & friends. there is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

this story talks about the power of forgiveness. the holiday season is a wonderful time to forgive & forget. it’s a great time to reflect & to say thanks.

 

Merry Christmas everyone… may GOD bless all of us ~⛅~ day….by….day ~⭐~ from sunrise until the starry night…. & have a holly jolly Christmas 😉

 

 

 

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