A friend of mine named Paul received an automobile from his brother
as a Christmas present. On Christmas Eve when Paul came out of his
office, a street urchin was walking around the shiny new car,
"Is this your car, Mister?" he asked.
Paul nodded. "My brother gave it to me for Christmas." The boy was
astounded. "You mean your brother gave it to you and it didn't cost
you nothing? Boy, I wish..." He hesitated.
Of course Paul knew what he was going to wish for. 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 he added,
"Would you like to take a ride in my automobile?"
"Oh yes, I'd love that."
After a short ride, the boy turned and with his eyes aglow, said,
"Mister, would you mind driving in front on 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 where those
two 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 crippled
brother. He sat him down on the bottom step, then sort of squeezed
up against him and pointed to 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 some day
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 lad to the front seat of his car. The
shingled-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 had said,
"It's more blessed to give...."