Sometimes it is crystal clear that things happen for a reason! Perfect example follows….
Earlier, I posted about Christmas and my thoughts on gift giving, tonight’s bedtime story aligned perfectly with my thoughts! Last week we took a trip to the library in search of anything Christmas related: books, music, movies. What we found was very little, it seemed everyone else beat us to it! There was one book left on the Christmas shelf – The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book written by Glenn Beck and adapted from his novel, A Christmas Sweater. It was a story I’d never heard of before and since it fit our Christmas criteria we didn’t hesitate and home it came.
It started out, not surprisingly, about a young boy wishing for a new bicycle for Christmas. Upon finding out he got a handmade, knitted sweater from his mother he was sorely disappointed. I won’t tell you the entire story but there was a line that completely parallels what I’ve been trying to teach my children about gift giving:
“See, when a gift is made by hand,
all of that person’s love is captured in it.”