2007 / January 2008
A gift from a visitor
I've been making my own Christmas cards
the last couple of years. Thanks to supplies and a few ideas
from Carina of Calm Crafting and exchanging stamps with friends,
I've come up with designs that express my unique creations.
I use colourful paper from Japan which
came in my luggage when we returned to Hamilton. We had been
missionaries there for 25 years and I've always loved Japanese
So last week as I was cutting and pasting
cards from this paper, my mind drifted back to a one particular
Christmas from our early days in Osaka.
We were expecting a senior, well known
Australian missionary to visit us. We hardly had any money to
buy supplies to offer him basic hospitality. It was close to
Christmas and also our birthdays as they all happened within
a few weeks of each other. What a dilemma. But not an unusual
one for us. We prayed for provisions on a daily basis, so once
again we lifted up our need to the Lord to answer.
Lionel was duly picked up from the station
and as I slid open the door of our little old Japanese-styled
house to greet him, I noticed he was carrying a beautifully wrapped
box. Inside were 3 roll cakes. A jam roll, a chocolate roll and
a cream roll. One for each birthday.
We may not have had an abundance of
bread for toast the next morning but we had cake and little oranges
and green tea and thankful hearts to the Lord Jesus as we enjoyed
our afternoon tea.
This was our first time to meet Lionel
and he had no idea it was our birthdays or of our need for encouragement.
What a sumptuous answer to prayer, and it showed us once again
that the Lord could be depended upon.
Yesterday I glued on another star and
another candle cut from Japanese paper getting ready for this
Christmas and remembering a long ago Christmas in a far land.
Time and place are no barriers to the Lord of miracles at anytime
of the year, in any country and in any life.
"...... and opening their treasures
they presented to Him gifts of
gold ....." Matt 2:11