A BROTHER LIKE THAT
Paul received an automobile from his brother as a Christmas present. On
Christmas eve when he finished work and came out of his office, a street
urchin was walking around his shiny new car, admiring it.
"Is this your car, Mister?" he asked.
Paul nodded. "My brother gave it to me for Christmas".
The boy was astonished. "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 asked, "Would you like to take a ride in my automobile?"
"Oh yes, I'd love that", said the boy.
After a short ride the boy turned and with his eyes aglow, 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.
The boy asked Paul to wait while he ran up the stairs to his apartment. When he returned, he was carrying his little cripple brother in his arms. He sat him down on the bottom step, and sitting beside him, he pointed to the car and said, "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 shiny-eyed
brother climbed in beside him and the three of them set out on a memorable holiday ride.
That Christmas eve, Paul learned what Jesus meant when He said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."
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