Dear Mission Of Hope Friends;

Its that very special day; Christmas Eve. What excitement and joy and expectation; is in the air.

Please enjoy this very special Christmas Story, from our dear Mission Of Hope Friend; Ms. Connie Boggs.
She is the Director of Living Waters Christian School; in Big Laurel, KY. We are blessed to know her.

\”A BROTHER LIKE THAT\” (Author Unknown)

Sam was awestruck when he received a new car from his brother as a present a couple of day before Christmas. As Sam finished up work and left his office on Christmas Eve, a small boy in ragamuffin clothes and worn out shoes was walking around the shiny new car admiring it. \”Is this your car, Mister?\” asked the boy as Sam approached. Sam nodded his head, smiled and answered: \”My brother gave it to me for Christmas!\” The boy was astonished. \”You mean your brother gave it to you and it didn\’t cost you nothing? Man, I wish…\” He hesitated. Of course Sam knew what the boy was about to wish for. He was going to wish he had a brother like that. But what the young fellow said instead; stopped Sam in his tracks. \”I wish,\” the boy continued; \”That I could be a brother like that.\” Sam looked at the boy in astonishment, then impulsively asked; \”Would you like to take a ride in my new car?\” Excitedly the boy answered; \”Oh yes! I\’d love that!\”

After a short ride, the little passenger turned and with his eyes aglow, asked: \”Mister, would you mind driving in front of my house?\” Sam smiled a little. He thought he knew what the young boy wanted. He wanted to show his neighbors that he could ride home in a brand new automobile. But once again; Sam was quite wrong. \”Will you stop where those two steps are?\” the youngster asked, pointing to a small and nondescript Apartment. \”I\’ll be right back!\” He ran quickly up the steps. And In a moment, Sam heard him coming back; but this time not as fast as he had left. He was carrying his little crippled brother in his arms. He sat his little brother down on the bottom step; then hugged up against him and pointed to the shiny car. \”There she is Buddy, just like I told you upstairs. His brother gave it to him for Christmas and it didn\’t cost him one red cent. And someday I\’m gonna give you one just like it…then you can see for yourself all of the pretty things in the Christmas Store windows; that I have been trying to tell you about.\”

Sam got out of the car; lifted the smaller fellow in his arms and said: \”Let\’s all take a ride and see those Christmas Store decorations; right now.\” With his little brother in the front seat, the shining-eyed older brother climbed in beside him and the three of them began a joyous and memorable Holiday ride; they would never forget.

That Christmas Eve; Sam realized what Jesus meant when He said: \”It is more blessed to give than receive.\” He also found heartfelt inspiration in the little ragamuffin boy\’s words…\”I sure wish I could be a brother like that.\”

May the wonderful Spirit Of Christmas, wrap its arms around your Family and your Hope filled hearts.
Merry Christmas!

Sincerest Regards;
Emmette Thompson, Executive Director – Mission Of Hope

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