I was loaned a copy of The Christmas Jars by my sister in law. I read it and loved the story. For 2012 I decided to keep my own jar.
Then in June. I lost my Mom. Christmas was her season. She is the reason I understand the true meaning of Christmas. I knew this Christmas would be a hard one with her celebrating in Heaven, but I didn't know how hard.
I had absolutely no Christmas spirit this year. I felt none of the usual joy and excitement as December approached...until it came time to deliver my jar.
My husband and I learned of a family who are new immigrants to this country. They have had a very hard time since arriving. I knew they were the destination for the jar! My husband also suggested we do more than the jar. We bought a grocery gift card and presents for all three family members. We wrapped and waited for the fateful day!
Delivering the packages was one time I felt the joy this Holiday. I pray that the family who received the gifts feel as much joy as I did delivering them.