Merry Christmas to the Sandwich Generation juggling the multigenerational issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren

Merry Christmas! John 3:16 Sweetness for the Sandwich Generation

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My Sandwich Generation family loves the Willow Tree indoor Christmas nativity sets with lovely figurines dec 4Merry Christmas! A much loved member of my Sandwich Generation family sent me the sweetest email forward and I thought it would be delightful to share it with you today. It's a great one to share with your whole family, from the grandkids on up to the senior parents. I tried, unsuccessfully, to find the author. If you know, do let me know in the comments. 🙂

 

Merry Christmas to the Sandwich Generation juggling the multigenerational issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren

A little boy was selling newspapers on the corner,

the people were in and out of the cold.

The little boy was so cold that he wasn't trying to sell

many papers.


He walked up to a policeman and said, 'Mister, you wouldn't happen to know where a poor boy could find a warm place to sleep tonight would you ?

You see, I sleep in a box up around the corner there and

down the alley and it's awful cold in there for tonight.

Sure would be nice to have a warm place to stay.'

The policeman looked down at the little boy and said, 'You

go down the street to that big white house and you knock

on the door. When they come out the door you just say

John 3:16, and they will let you in.'


So he did. He walked up the steps and knocked on the

door, and a lady answered. He looked up and said,

'John 3:16.' The lady said, 'Come on in, Son.'

She took him in and she sat him down in a split bottom

rocker in front of a great big old fireplace, and she went

off. The boy sat there for a while and thought to himself:

John 3:16…I don't understand it, but it sure makes

a cold boy warm.


Later she came back and asked him 'Are you hungry? '

He said, 'Well, just a little. I haven't eaten in a couple of

days, and I guess I could stand a little bit of food,'

The lady took him in the kitchen and sat him down to a table

full of wonderful food. He ate and ate until he couldn't eat

any more. Then he thought to himself:

John 3:16 …Boy, I sure don't understand it but it sure

makes a hungry boy full.


She took him upstairs to a bathroom to a huge bathtub

filled with warm water, and he sat there and soaked for a

while. As he soaked, he thought to himself: John 3:16 ..

I sure don't understand it, but it sure makes a dirty boy

clean. You know, I've not had a bath, a real bath, in my

whole life. The only bath I ever had was when I stood in

front of that big old fire hydrant as they flushed it out.


The lady came in and got him. She took him to a room,

tucked him into a big old feather bed, pulled the covers

up around his neck, kissed him goodnight and turned out

the lights. As he lay in the darkness and looked out the

window at the snow coming down on that cold night,

he thought to himself: John 3:16 …I don't understand it but

it sure makes a tired boy rested.


The next morning the lady came back up and took him

down again to that same big table full of food. After he

ate, she took him back to that same big old split bottom

rocker in front of the fireplace and picked up a big old Bible.


She sat down in front of him and looked into his young face.

'Do you understand John 3:16 ? ' she asked gently. He

replied, 'No, Ma'am, I don't. The first time I ever heard it

was last night when the policeman told me to use it,'

She opened the Bible to John 3:16 and began to explain

to him about Jesus . Right there, in front of that big old fireplace, he gave his heart and life to Jesus. He sat there

and thought: John 3:16 — don't understand it, but it sure

makes a lost boy feel safe.


You know, I have to confess I don't understand it either,

how God was willing to send His Son to die for me, and how

Jesus would agree to do such a thing. I don't understand

the agony of the Father and every angel in heaven as

they watched Jesus suffer and die. I don't understand the intense love for ME that kept Jesus on the cross till the end.

I don't understand it, but it sure does make life worth living.


John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only

begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should

not perish, but have everlasting life.

Merry Christmas to the Sandwich Generation juggling the multigenerational issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren

 

Definitely the best Christmas gift of all for all of us! 

As the Sandwich Generation granny nanny often reminds her grandkids - JESUS is the BEST gift for Christmas - EVER

Merry Christmas from my Sandwich Generation family to you and your family. 🙂 

Spiritual Sundays are full of devotionals with encouraging Bible verses to bless the Sandwich Generation boomers and seniors busy caring for the elderly parents while babysitting grandchildren

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Comments

    • Yoli
    • December 25, 2011

    May God Bless you this Christmas season with peace and love. As in the story, thank God for John 3:16. I’m glad we don’t always understand God’s love for us because we get to follow with faith and curiosity. – Yoli 🙂

  1. Such a lovely reminder of God’s Love! We can be Jesus to someone soon – – perhaps even today!

    • Cathy
    • December 27, 2011

    That is precious, Dear. Thanks for sharing it. Blessings ~

    • Myrna
    • December 28, 2011

    Beautiful story !Jesus is the best Gift of all !
    Love & Blessings

  2. I don’t know the origin, but I’m glad you shared it.
    I hope you had a blessed Merry Christmas.
    Charlotte

  3. Hi Charlotte, thanks. It was a sweet treat for me as well, that’s for sure. 🙂

  4. Amen, Myrna, AMEN! 🙂

  5. Thanks, Cathy! 🙂

  6. Thanks, Robert! Have a blessed day. 🙂

  7. Amen, Yoli, AMEN! 🙂

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