The Christmas Tree ~ Anchored In Him ~ Christmas 2003

Johnny was just six years old. He was all boy. He could go outside and get dirty in under one minute. His mother was a single Mom and she struggled just to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. Christmas was an especially rough time for them. She could work a second job but she needed the money just to heat their simple apartment. Johnny wanted a Christmas tree. He knew if he had a tree then Santa Claus would come. See, all the times before Santa hadn't seen a tree . . . that's why he hadn't left any presents. His mother wanted to buy a tree but she just couldn't afford it. In the big city, trees were expensive and the lot owners would rather burn them up than give them away. Johnny went to Church on Sundays. He liked the Children's Pastor, Brother Mike. Brother Mike and his wife would give them special treats for no reason. They would say that they just loved kids. They didn't have any kids anymore. Their kids were all grown up.
One day, Johnny asked Brother Mike, "Do you believe in Santa Claus? Some of the older kids said there isn't a Santa Claus."

Brother Mike said, "Well, when you get older it is harder and harder to believe in Santa Claus."

Johnny wanted a tree and he decided to take things into his own hands. After Church, he went down to the altar and he began to pray. "God . . . I have been really good this year. Well, pretty good and I was wondering if you give us a Christmas tree this year. I want one, but I really want it for my Mom. She works so hard and I want Santa Claus to stop by our house. I want my Mom to get something special."

As Johnny finished praying, he got up and he saw Brother Mike walking toward the back of church. He yelled, "Brother Mike, you looking for me?"
Brother Mike, turned around with a strange look on his face, and said, "No . . No . . I was just going by." Christmas eve came and little Johnny was afraid that God didn't hear him. It was already night and there was no tree. There was a knock on the door. Johnny's Mom opened the door and there stood a young man. Johnny thought he recognized him from the Church. On the young man's shoulder was a beautiful Christmas Tree. The young man said, "Johnny here? Got a Christmas Tree special delivery for a boy named Johnny." Johnny was beside himself. He ran and jumped up and down. He looked at the beautiful green fir. It must be six feet tall he thought. There was a tag on the tree. It said, "To: Johnny From: Jesus" Right behind the young man, came someone else stomping up the steps. It was Santa Claus. On his shoulder was huge bag. Johnny could hear him, "Ho, Ho, Ho, and a Merry Christmas!" He opened his bag and out poured presents. Not one or two but dozens of presents with Johnny's name and his Mom's name written on them." Jimmy went wild and he looked at his Mom and she had tears streaming down her face but she was smiling. As they walked away, the young man turned to Santa Claus and said, "Brother Mike, I haven't believed in Santa Claus for a long time. But tonight, I think I do."

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