My office has been overrun with presents for Kate’s Crazy Cool Christmas. The response is incredible, people have been generous beyond belief and we are constantly amazed at what God is doing all around us in the middle of the greatest trial we have ever faced. Today for instance, we were interviewed for a segment on AZ TV Channel 3 (www.azfamily.com) This is the channel that carries ‘The Dr. Phil Show’ here in the Phoenix valley. So tomorrow (Wednesday December 2nd 2009) we have 2 separate interviews airing within a couple of hours of each other and neither Holly or I have ever done an interview before now. We are praying that God takes our fumbling conversations and uses it for His glory.
I just heard a great story that once again reveals to me the simple yet profound ways that God is touching people through Kate’s story. A 70 year old woman named Dora showed up at Cornerstone, our church (www.cschandler.com) and had presents she wanted to drop off for Kate’s Christmas thingy! Included in the bag was a “Dora” toy. She said that some friends of hers held a 70th birthday party for her the other day and some of them asked her what she wanted for a present. She responded by saying something like “I’m 70 and I have everything I need. However, if you want to bring me a present, bring me toys that I can give to this toy-drive for children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.”
So now I am staring at a simple bag full of toys on my floor that will provide a ton of encouragement to a child and their parent(s) who are going through one of the toughest times in their life. I can’t help but think, God must be up to something great! He is getting ready to reveal Himself and show His love to those who feel forgotten, and shower His grace on those who are losing hope. I pray that many will see Christ in their Christmas this year as never before!