A BROTHER LIKE THAT
A CHRISTMAS STORY

Paul received an automobile from his brother
as a Christmas present.
On Christmas Eve when Paul came out of his office,
a street urchin was walking around
the shiny new car, admiring it.
"Is this your car, Mister?" he asked.
Paul nodded.
"My brother gave it to me for Christmas."
The boy was astounded.
"You mean your brother gave it to you
and it didn't cost you nothing?
Boy, I wish..." He hesitated.

Of course Paul knew
what he was going to wish for.
He was going to wish
he had a brother like that.
But what the lad said jarred Paul
all the way down to his heels.

"I wish," the boy went on,
"that I could be a brother like that."
Paul looked at the boy in astonishment,
then impulsively he added,
"Would you like to take a ride
in my automobile?"
"Oh yes, I'd love that."

After a short ride, the boy turned
and with his eyes aglow, said,
"Mister, would you mind driving
in front of my house?"
Paul smiled a little.
He thought he knew what the lad wanted.
He wanted to show his neighbors
that he could ride home in a big automobile.
But Paul was wrong
again.

"Will you stop where those two steps are?"
the boy asked.
And he ran up the steps.
Then in a little while
Paul heard him coming back,
but he was not coming fast.
He was carrying his little crippled brother.
He sat him down on the bottom step,
then sort of squeezed up against him
and pointed to the car.
"There she is, Buddy,
just like I told you upstairs.
His brother gave it to him for Christmas
and it didn't cost him a cent.
And some day I'm gonna give you one
just like it...then you can see for yourself
all the pretty things in the Christmas windows
that I've been trying to tell you about."

Paul got out and lifted the lad
to the front seat of his car.
The shining-eyed older brother climbed in beside him
and the three of them began a
memorable holiday ride.

That Christmas Eve,
Paul learned what Jesus meant
when he had said:
"It is more blessed to give..."

My Holiday Wish for the World
Is That We all Could Be Brothers Like That.


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