Christmas- A Brother like That

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Frost collage

It’s official — Winter has arrived in UTAH… it’s cold, it’s slippery, but it is sooo beautiful if we take a moment to stop and look.

This next week will be crazy for me, not one of the typical Christmas weeks you might say…

 – As many of you know I have been trying to kick this flu / cold for over a month  AND the not so wonderful land lord that I have been leasing from for the passed 3 years decided to NOT pay their mortgage payment — so I am moving to a new “home”.

Good and Bad about this–

Bad first –I haven’t been able to decorate this season– and so I have been living vicariously through all your wonderful festivities that you have shared. (such a talented world we live in!)

Good in the sense that I will have a fresh “palette” to be creative with. I get to take you all along with me 🙂 

Along with working full time and moving I don’t know that I will have tons of time to work on my blog– I will certainly try, as this is my new passion for sure… but please know I will be keeping tabs on all of you.

 ON that thought I am posting my sweetest of all Christmas stories… I love this story — it’s one of my families all time favorites. 

Red convert  RS red

(unknown photographer)


A Brother Like That

A friend of mine named Paul received a new car from his brother as a pre-Christmas present.  On Christmas Eve, when Paul came out of his office, a street urchin was walking around the shiny new car, admiring it.

“Is this your car, mister?” he asked.

Paul nodded. “My brother gave it to me for Christmas.”

The boy looked astounded. “You mean your brother gave it to you, and it didn’t cost you anything? Gosh, I wish…”

He hesitated, and Paul knew what he was going to wish. He was going to wish he had a brother like that.  But what the lad said jarred Paul all the way down to his heels.

“I wish,” the boy went on, “that I could be a brother like that.”

Paul looked at the boy in astonishment, then impulsively added, “Would you like a ride in my new car?”

“Oh, yes, I’d love that!”

After a short ride the urchin turned with his eyes aglow and said, “Mister, would you mind driving in front of my house?”

Paul smiled a little.  He thought he knew what the lad wanted. He wanted to show his neighbors that he could ride home in a big automobile.  But Paul was wrong again.

“Will you stop right where those steps are?” the boy asked.  He ran up the steps.  Then in a little while, Paul heard him coming back, but he was not coming fast.  He was carrying his little polio-crippled brother.  He sat down on the bottom step, then sort of squeezed up right next to him and pointed at the 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 a cent, and someday I’m gonna give you one just like it; then you can see for yourself all the pretty things in the Christmas windows that I’ve been trying to tell you about.”

Paul got out and lifted the little lad into the front seat of his car.  The shining-eyed older brother climbed in beside him and the three of them began a memorable holiday ride.

That Christmas Eve, Paul learned what Jesus meant when He said, “It is more blessed to give…”

~~~~~Author Unknown ~~~

For the last 7 months I have been such an example of the statement above.  I have received such a joy from all of your comments and new  friendships. I appreciate you all so much and hope that your Christmas holiday will be blessed with joy and happiness!  Talk to you soon!

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

PS: Don’t forget to stop over at the most talented Mary with her Mosaic Mondays– at Little Red House. (talk about talent!)

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December 13, 2009 at 7:47 pm | christmas | 37 comments


37 responses to “Christmas- A Brother like That”

  1. Struggler says:

    Lovely story – I’d never seen it before.  Am just a little misty-eyed now.  🙂

  2. Eileen says:

    It is a wonderful story. I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

  3. what a terrific story…thanks for sharing.
    ugh. moving Çhristmas week? double ugh.
    hope you have lots of help!

  4. Judith says:

    Hello Claudia
    When you’re given lemons, make lemonade –  and that sounds like just what you are doing.
    Hope you are feeling better soon and your move goes smoothly.

  5. Yes blogging is a wonderful thing. It has brightened my newly retired lifestyle and allowed me to continue to be creative. I am just catching on to the mosaic thingie. Pop over for a visit. You are a brave person to have to put up with the move.

  6. Cindy says:

    I love your beautiful winter mosaic!  And the story is just perfect.  Today I sat down with my children and we discussed the gift of giving.  My wish for them is to experience the joy of giving…
    I hope your move goes well.  You have a great outlook on life!

  7. Sheila says:

    Beautiful photographs and a lovely story, too, Claudia!  Enjoyed this thoroughly.


    Sheila 🙂

  8. Sarah says:

    Another beautifully moving story.  Thank you!
    Hope you feel better soon and that the move works out.

  9. Berta says:

    Well, congrats on your new move (keeping it positive – haha) – clean slates are ALWAYS wonderful.  I love your photos – winter HAS arrived.  Loved the story as well – thanks so much for sharing.  Thank you for dropping by my blog – I’ll see you next week!

  10. So sorry that you are going through a fair bit of stress Claudia!  hopefully with the new year, in a new place you will have a fresh start!  That flu is brutal, it really seems to be hanging in there on you!  Hope you start feeling better really soon!  Your snow pics are really beautiful!  Your story even more beautiful!  I have enjoyed your blog since I started in Septemeber, and all of your wonderful comments!  Thank you!  Have a great week Sherri  : )

  11. deb says:

    Great story, lovely mosaic. Such peaceful photos. Hope you feel better soon, take care…lots of fluids.
    Happy Holidays!

  12. Carol says:

    Lovely story!  Hope you feel better, and good luck on your move!

  13. Hi Claudia! Gosh you are still fighting off that darn flu!??? I hope you feel like yourself again real soon! Your mosaic is beautiful and chilling… wear an extra layer and snuggle up with a good blog! I wish you luck in your home hunting and moving… it really is such a terrible time of year to move… Try not to stress! We are all here for you when you need us!
    Merry Merry! <i>~Really Rainey~</i>

  14. Amanda says:

    That IS the sweetest Christmas story! And I love your snowy pics, too.  No snow here in So. California.

  15. Gemma says:

    That story certainly makes us value people at Christmas time! Christmas is not just about fancy decorations and gifts, it is all about giving whatever we can!

  16. What a beautiful story, Claudia.

    I am keeping you in my thoughts and hoping  for a smooth transition.

    Also hoping you are completely well, soon!

  17. jeanne says:

    What a beautiful story and look at your gorgeous views. Love the house with the smoke coming out of the chimmney, great capture. Looks like good weather to be snuggled inside but of course we have to run out and take pictures of it don’t we? hehe ~Jeanne

  18. Sue says:

    What a little tear-jerker story- it is my favorite of all that you have posted. We never know what to expect from life and the lessons we are taught, do we?
    I hope that everything works out well for you and your move and your health. I know, firsthand, what it can be to not feel well. If this head of mine ever rights itself, I will do the happy dance! Take care, friend, and have a glorious holiday season.
    hugs, Sue

  19. Becky K. says:

    A very wonderful reminder told in a very touching way.
    Merry Christmas!
    Hope your move goes smoothly!

    Becky K.
    Hospitality Lane

  20. K soucy says:

    Claudia,  Thank you for the kind comment on my blog.  I really enjoyed the story you shared.  I will read it to my sons.  Also, the picture in the lower left of your mosaic is just beautiful.  Good luck with your move and getting settled in a new place.  Happy Holidays.

  21. mary says:

    Dear Claudia,  what a wonderful story, and such beautiful images too.  I hope you will feel better soon!  Best of luck with your move, and  I wish you a very happy Christmas and blessings in the new year!

  22. Becky says:

    May your load be lifted a little for brightening my day…good luck on moving and keeping “everything” in the air…

  23. chiewilks says:

    wohhh so frosty in there..these are lovely shots though and perfect for a mosaic
    <a href=’ l’>mine is here</a>

  24. bj says:

    This is such a sweet and loving story..brought tears.
    THIS is the way our Jesus wants us all to be..I am going to work HARDER to please HIM.
    Thanks so much for this reminder.

    So sorry about you losing your place to live. I am sure your landlord is just sick about not being able to make his house payment. So many are losing their homes right now.

    I hope you are feeling much better….sometimes those colds hang on forever!!

    In spite of it all, PLEASE have a blessed Christmas..with your loved ones and friends around, it WILL be blessed.
    xo bj

  25. I just ran across your blog through another friend and thought I would join as a follower of yours!  I have heard that story years ago and have always loved it!  I have lived in Utah, grown up there and raised my children there, recently moved to Southern Utah because of the warmth!  I miss the mountains and beautiful fall colors that you don’t see in the desert but I absolutely love it here.  Your photos are BEAUTIFUL!  Good luck with your move, hope everything runs smoothly for  you!

  26. May I follow your blog?  I could not find your address, only through Little Red House did I come upon this post.

  27. Barb says:

    Sweet story – nice reminder of the true meaning of giving more than receiving!
    Beautiful mosaic!!

  28. Ebie says:

    What a lovely story Caludia!  Whew, your hands are full, yet I wish you a smooth transition to your new home.  I work full time too and I try to manage my time.
    Wishing you the best of the holiday season!  Keep your toes warm.

  29. Claudie says:

    Claudia… My wish for you is to have peace in your heart this Xmas. I would be there in a flash to help you pack up and move to your new destination. I only wish I lived closer to you. Maybe Utah will be in my next travel plans… wouldn’t that be fun?
    Love your story today and you.
    We are all here for you sweet Claudia.
    Love You
    Love Claudie
    P.S. Drink more sweet tea and hot toddy’s and get better OK?

  30. marydon says:

    This story ALWAYS brings tears to my eyes when I read it … & always will.
    Merry Christmas ~ TTFN ~Marydon **NEW BLOG**

  31. Karen Cox says:

    Hi Claudia,
    What a beautiful story, I love that you are posting these stories for all of us to enjoy.  I think selling your books is wonderful.  You know I sold three books and I only just opened yesterday.  If you need help setting up an etsy shop, just let me know.  Please join us on etsy, you will love it.
    Meanwhile, moving this time of year is a bother, but you know I wouldn’t be surprised if God has a special surprise for you.  I do hope you feel better, I have been feeling a little off and last week I took a class with someone recovering from the swine flu…oh pleeeeeeeeeease!  I will say a prayer for you to feel better soon.

  32. Claudie says:

    Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you happy birthday dearest Claudia my friend, happy birthday to you.
    Love Claudie

  33. Fifi Flowers says:

    GORGEOUS winter imagines!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  34. Sheila says:

    Hi, Claudia… dropping back by to wish you a very Merry Christmas!  Hope all your Christmas dreams come true!


    Sheila 🙂

  35. Wishing you a Merry Christmas Claudia and all the best in 2010!  Sherri : )

  36. Bonnie says:

    Wow!  What a great post.  Love the photos and the story!

  37. Glynn says:

    I am not sure if anyone let you know, but this story is from Chicken Soup for the Soul. It is a great story.

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