I love Christmas stories, and this one, found on our sister site, 5 Minutes for Faith, touched me this week. The author, Amy from Signs, Miracles, and Wonders tells the story of finding a blessing in an unexpected place – the courtroom.
The man opened the mail and couldn’t believe what he saw. A jury summons, for the week before Christmas, one of the worst off all times to be called to service. With so much to do before the holidays, he couldn’t believe he would have to spend every day, possibly in a courtroom. He was a person who believed everything that happened to him had a purpose, so as he went to the courthouse each day, he asked God what in the world he had planned for him. Why did he need to be there this particular week? Could there possibly be any good reason?
Each day, nothing particularly special happened and by the end of the week, he was a little discouraged thinking somehow he had missed what God was calling him to do. The last day, he was chatting with a bailiff when he learned of a family who was in desperate need of financial help. Both the husband and wife had been diagnosed with cancer, so their medical bills were especially high. Neither one had been able to work for some time. Earlier that week on the way home from cashing a disability check at the bank, the woman had been robbed, her purse stolen. They would have nothing for Christmas. The man left the courtroom thinking this must be it, somehow he was supposed to help this family, but he was not sure what to do next….