Love in a Candy Cane

Today’s Word:  SHARE

Today’s Time of Stillness:  7 minutes

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” – Hebrews 13:16

He had me at “Hello.”  My little kindergarten reading buddy who I met for the first time this morning.  All I did was stand in the doorway of his classroom as the teacher called his name.  He dropped everything and came running to me, throwing his arms around my waist in a big hug.  I think I’m in love.

For twenty minutes, sitting on the floor in the hallway, we talked about football and Christmas and sounded out the words ‘bike’ and ‘went’ as we read, Off to the City.  On the little dry erase board that comes in the reading bag, he drew me a picture of the Christmas tree at his house.  It is white, he said, with a big star on top.  And it’s covered in candy canes!

As if sharing confidential information, he leaned over and told me there was a candy cane in his book bag.  He had brought it for snack and was so excited that he was going to get to eat it soon.

We read for awhile more until, soon, it was time for me to leave.  I’ll be back next Thursday, I promised him, as he gave me another big hug.

“Wait a minute,” he said as we walked back into the classroom.  “I want to give you my candy cane.”

Cue tissues.

He ran to his book bag and came walking back toward me with both his hands outstretched, palms up, holding his candy cane like one of the wise men presenting a gift to the baby Jesus.  We broke a small piece off of the end for me.  He smiled and ran back to his friends, beaming, telling them all how he had shared his candy cane.

Unexpected gifts of Christmas.

Next Thursday can’t come soon enough.

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