Remember the Ice Cream Social Night from five weeks ago (Friday the 13th)? Tonight Doc and I met with the family again. This time to deliver their “double blessings” (See Pocket Cash Story posted on Dec 5th). We told the kids we were coming over to share a Christmas Story with them.
What an incredible 30 minutes of Pure JOY!!!! When Doc and I rang the doorbell at the Hohl house, we could hear the four youngest children (the Littlies) jumping up and down in anticipation.
I started by asking what the kids remembered about our previous night together. They remembered making the Thankfulness Cards, the little Thankfulness tree which the Elves picked out for them, eating ice cream and the Giving Game.
That was the perfect lead-in for the Pocket Cash Story. Instead of just telling the kids about what happened, Doc and I acted out the story. Doc was the voice of God. I played the roles of Tina (Penny Finders shirt on) and Mary (when wearing black apron with pockets). All ten of us were laughing ourselves silly as I tried to switch back and forth to pay both roles. The kids liked when I “sassed back” to God or got “inspiration” while talking to God in the shower.
The skit concluded with the Lesson “The More You Give, the More You are Blessed”.
The concept became more real as I counted out the money to each child. The child who donated $5 to sponsor a rabbit received her $5 back PLUS another $5. The children who donated $20 (40% of their $50 allotment), received their $20 back PLUS $20 more! WOW. That left an impression.
|The Hohl Family|
Additional JOY: This afternoon the oldest boy, Ty, submitted an on-line application for Azusa Pacific University (APU). Within an hour, a counselor had called to say Ty had been accepted! So tonight also became a Celebration of that Good News!
|Playing a Beat for Us|
As Doc and I were packing up to leave, the two youngest boys hopped up saying “You gave us a Gift, so we want to Gift You back! We want to Play a Beat for You!” They proceeded to create an original piece of music for us while one of the little girls danced across the room.
Talk about JOY Being Contagious! WOW!!!!
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