Authored by Marie Story, adapted. Originally published on Just1Thing.
Illustrations by Alvi. Design by Stefan Merour. Copyright © 2016 by The Family International
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Copyright © 2013 by Kyusokutoiyashi. Used by permission
Contributed by R. A. Watterson. Illustration by Zeb. Design by Stefan Merour.
Copyright © 2013 by The Family International
High above London’s sullen smog, the freezing North Wind whipped the moisture-filled clouds into those lovely flakes we know as snow.
Along with its blankets of snow, the North Wind blew in a rotund figure mounted upon a sleigh, who was convulsively chirruping to a dozen reindeer that pranced as if they were pulling their master through the winter glades of Lapland instead of the clouds of the firmament.
"Ho, ho, ho!" he said and doubled up with a cough. I, his elfin companion and servant, pounded his back until his breath came easier.
"That'll do. Thank you, Ralph," he said with a wheeze. I was glad I had taken extra care to learn Finnish at the Elves Intergalactic Preparatory School, for Claus was difficult to understand at any time, but his Finnish was more intelligible than his English.
"Thank God we don't always need to use these earthly bodies!" he gasped and looked at me enviously. "You, Ralph, look slender, lithe—positively elfish, sir! Your disguise fits you like a second skin. What have you to say about that?"
"That I'm glad the general idea was achieved," I replied. I liked the small size and agility of my "costume."
A message from Jesus
You know, there's something that I love—even in the midst of all the other things that take place in your life—I love the moments you give Me. I love it when you stop what you're doing and give a few moments to thinking of Me, when you close your eyes and picture Me, and whisper a few words of love, praise, and gratitude.
That means a lot to Me, because I know that even with all the other things going on, I'm still on your mind, and you choose to shut all that out for those moments to let Me know that I am loved by you.
Thank you for this special gift of those moments with Me.
S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Quality Time with Jesus-2b
Contributed by R. A. Watterson, based on the writings of Maria Fontaine. Illustration by Danielle.
Copyright © 2012 by The Family International
The December sky was a beautiful blue as Maximilian Talley walked up the driveway to his house. The air was brisk, the sun was shining, and winter vacation was just around the corner! Life was good.
He carried his school pack over his right shoulder and held a bag of empty juice cans in his left hand. He grasped the door handle and pulled the door open a few inches. Max whirled around and his eyes narrowed as he looked up and down the road in front of his house. No one was there. Nothing moved but the tips of the trees and the shadows they cast on the road.
Missed him again, thought Max, and he opened his front door—all the way this time—and disappeared inside.
Once inside, Max tiptoed quietly up the stairs and paused in front of his bedroom door.
Maybe, just maybe, if he wasn’t trailing behind me, then he could be in my room—behind the curtains or in the closet, hiding.
He carefully laid down his school pack and his bag of empty juice cans, then took a deep breath.