Last week I went to the Christian Bookstore looking for the next devotional series I would be leading with our Haitian ladies. I just randomly picked up a book called The Sparkle Box for the kids. I actually had no idea what the book was about. I just liked the cover! 🙂
The book is about this little boy who sees a beautifully wrapped box under the tree. He thought all this time that the box was for him. But on Christmas Day – he learned that the box was actually a present for Jesus. For the last month the mother was watching the things he did for Jesus. She took strips of paper and wrote those things down and put them in the box. On Christmas morning she read out loud the gifts that were given in honor of His birthday.
If you could have seen the excitement that the kids had!! Especially when they saw the book had a sparkle box that we could use.
Jose & I were in Indiana this last week for the mission’s board meeting & staff meeting. I totally forgot about the book. The kids couldn’t wait to tell me that they had been filling the box while we were gone. I know it’s not Christmas yet – but today is my birthday (also my mom’s)! So I took a little peek!!
Papaw had to help the boys write their gifts down & the girls wrote theirs all on their own. Here are just a few of the things inside the box! Seeing their love & excitement for giving something to Jesus just makes this the best birthday ever!
Gabe: I found a penny on the bathroom floor and I gave it to Papaw.
Asher: I helped fold clothes.
Levi: Gabe spilled the milk but I cleaned it up with a rag.
Malaya: I helped the neighbor with her homework.
Rosie: I helped Papaw exercise.
Mikela: I washed the dishes.