Our family has been packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child since our boys were young...even before our daughter was born. It was always great fun to shop for the special items we would put in each box. We always wanted them to be FULL, so sometimes it took several attempts at arranging to get everything in! Today, I had the opportunity to share that experience with our 6 yr old grandson. He was surprised to hear that there were children in the world who might not get a Christmas gift. His first response was to give some of his own toys. When I explained that we were suppose to give new items, he could not wait to go shopping. As we went through the store, he was convinced that the box would surely hold "one more thing"!
It was a sweet blessing to share this tradition...and a lesson on giving and gratitude...with him!