The Doll and the White Rose
I hurried into the local
department store to grab some last minute Christmas gifts. I looked at all the people and
grumbled to myself. I
would be in here forever and I just had so much to do. Christmas was beginning to
become such a drag. I kind of wished that I could just sleep through Christmas.
But I hurried the best I could through all the people to
the toy department. Once again I kind of mumbled to myself at the prices of
all these toys. And wondered if the grandkids would even play with them. I found myself
in the doll aisle. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a
little boy, about 5, holding a lovely doll. He kept touching her hair and he
held her so gently. I could not seem to help myself. I just kept looking over
at the little boy and wondered who the doll was for. I watched him turn to
a woman, and he called his aunt by name and said, "Are you sure I don't have
enough money?" She replied a bit impatiently, "You know that you don't have
enough money for it."
The aunt told the little boy not to go anywhere, that she
had to go get some
other things and would be back in a few minutes. And then she left the aisle. The boy
continued to hold the doll. After a bit I asked
the boy who the doll was for. He said, "It is the doll my sister wanted so
badly for Christmas. She just knew that Santa would bring it." I told him that
maybe Santa was going to bring it. He said, "No, Santa can't go where my
sister is...I have to give the doll to my Mamma to take to her". I asked him where his sister was. He looked at me with
the saddest eyes
and said, "She has gone to be with Jesus. My Daddy says that Mama is
going to have to go be with her."
My heart nearly stopped beating. Then the
boy looked at me again and said, "I told my Daddy to tell Mama not to go yet.
I told him to tell her to wait till I got back from the store". Then he
asked me if I wanted to see his picture. I told him I would love to. He pulled
out some pictures he had taken at the front of the store. He said "I want
my Mama to take this with her so she don't ever forget me. I love my Mama
so very much and I wish she did not have to leave me. But Daddy says she
will need to be with my sister."
I saw that the little boy had lowered his
head and had grown so very quiet. While he was not looking, I reached into
my purse and pulled out a handful of bills. I asked the little boy,
"Shall we count that money one more time?"
He grew excited and said "Yes, I
just know it has to be enough". So I slipped my money in with his, and we began
to count it. Of course it was plenty for the doll. He softly said, "Thank
you, Jesus, for giving me enough money." Then the boy said "I just asked
Jesus to give me enough money to buy this doll, so Mama can take it with her, to
give to my sister. And He heard my prayer. I wanted to ask Him for enough
to buy my Mama a white rose, but I didn't ask Him, but He gave me enough to
buy the doll and a rose for my Mama. She loves white roses so very, very
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