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THE BLESSING OF STOLEN JOY

๐˜ˆ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด, ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต? ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜Ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ.โฃ

โ€”๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜›๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ขโฃ

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The ding, ding, ding of Salvation Army bells welcomed us into the city adorned in twinkling Christmas lights. It was a beautiful rush back to the feeling of normalcy desperately missed this year.

But as we walked the downtown streets carefully stepping over legs protruding from tattered blankets, we realized we were wrong, the โ€œnormalโ€ we felt was nothing more than window dressing.


Iโ€™ll be honest, the reality of so many people with no place to call home stole the joy from our yearly Christmas excursion and I asked to go home. โ€œSure, but let's at least get a latte before we go.โ€ my husband agreed as he took my hand.


The barista called our names and handed us two cups of steaming deliciousness and a goodie bag. โ€œHmm, you ordered a treatโ€ I exclaimed with anticipation of sharing in the sweetness. But when I peaked into the bag, I found a large stack of $10 gift cards. My husband took the bag from my hand and with great enthusiasm exclaimed, โ€œLet's go spread some Christmas cheer!โ€ โฃ


Oh, how the joy returned to my heart as we walked back to the ferry, stopping to wish our homeless neighbors a Merry Christmas. But how much better it would have been, had it been our intent all along.


The ability to bless others, even in a small way, was far more wonderful than any gift we could have purchased. It was the essence of Christmas.

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THOUGHT FOR TODAY: โฃ

Is there a charity (local organizations, global initiatives, community outreach, or people youโ€™re connected to, etc.) you can bless today? Share the love and receive the best Christmas gift ever!โฃ

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