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Don't Allow the Grinch to Steal Christmas - A True Story

Updated on September 26, 2020
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Theresa loves to share her true life accounts when the Lord shows up mightily in her life. She knows He still performs miracles today.

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While driving down a country road one

Christmas season on my daily commute,

I saw an unusal thing.

There, to the right, was a little broken

down white framed house,

with half boarded up windows that were broken,

with half of a broken front door and broken

children's bicycles in the yard.

But on that day, the front of the house

had a huge plywood painted sign that said,


Then I noticed another plywood painting of

the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

The artist was very good indeed.

My first thoughts of seeing the extra large vivid paintings,

were, oh, how delightful!!!

But then, after a few moments of driving down the country road, my brain registered what the artist was really conveying to the world.

A Pang In The Heart

Then came the pang in my heart!!!

It was so sharp and painful,

as I realized the artist was saying his family was not going to have a Christmas as others celebrated Christmas. This artist was conveying to the world, at least in my mind, no one even cares that his or her children will not be having a Christmas as other children would.

My mind immediately began trying to think of how could I help this family out.

I thought, oh, I know I can stop by there on my way home and just ask them what is it that their chilren wanted for Christmas, and I could buy them a Christmas tree with all the trimmings.

Well, on my commute back home, which is an hour both ways, darkness came early as it was the winter season. So, as I drove past the broken down little white home, I noticed it was pretty dark inside with maybe a candle on. Then that made me realize they did not have electricity. That is one thing I could do, is pay their electricity bill. What is their address? I did not see any numbers on the house. They must have fallen on hard times.

I kept on driving on to my nice warm home, and that night when I laid my head on my pillow I thanked the Lord for my warm bed and home. I asked the Lord to reveal to me what to do to help this family.

The next morning, as I drove by the home,

I noticed there were dogs in the yard and

as I slowed down, they came furiously

protecting their territory. I dare not get out.

I did not see any person at home,

so I drove on to work.

The Lord revealed to me to just pray for that family, so I did. I asked Jehovah Jire, the God who provides, to provide for that family. Every morning for a year, as I drove past that house, I prayed for that family and every night before I went to bed.

The following Christmas, I noticed the whole house lit up and there was an 18-wheeler in the yard, and new trail bikes. I noticed the broken windows were fixed and they had a new door on the front of the home.

I knew then, that the Lord had provided for that family, and the father had a job as a trucker. The one thing missing that Christmas season was the Grinch. NO, he did not steal Christmas that year.

I learned when you have no clue how to really help someone, just start praying.

All of us can pray, if nothing else!!!

As Christians, we can become complacent in our own little comfortable world until the Lord opens our eyes.

I was haunted by the scripture, "If one of you says to them, 'Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,' but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?" I have asked forgiveness for this, as I know there was something I could have done for their physical needs. I am so thankful that God is so faithful to hear my prayers and provide. He is truly Jehovah Jire, the God who provides.

@Copyright Faith Reaper July 2012 (All rights reserved)

Here is Matthew West and his song "My Own Little World." Please enjoy.


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    • Faith Reaper profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith Reaper 

      7 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jo (LadyFiddler),

      So nice to see you here reading! Yes, the Lord did provide their needs. I appreciate you insightful comments.

      God bless you.

      Hugs and love,

      Faith Reaper

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      Joanna Chandler 

      7 years ago from On Planet Earth

      Faith this was really nice yet sad but i am glad at the end the LORD supplied their needs . Glory be to God sometimes it takes these things to see how blessed we are yet sometimes we still murmur like the Israelites in the wilderness.

      Thanks for sharing i love the pics especially the one with the old bike the imagery of the situation stood out.

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      Faith Reaper 

      7 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Crafty,

      So good to see you back. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. I am so glad you enjoyed this hub. Yes, I love listening to Matthew West too. Prayer is powerful indeed!

      I appreciate your wonderful comments here and thank you for reading.

      God bless you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      7 years ago

      This Hub is so beautiful Faith. We have K-Love radio locally and online. I listen to Matthew West all of the time. I also love the Bible verse. The Good Samaritan. Whenever we go through a period of trials, I ask friends to pray for us. I firmly believe in the power of prayer.

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      Faith Reaper 

      7 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Anna,

      Thank you so much for reading and I am glad this held your attention from the start! I appreciate your most generous comments here. Yes, this is one of my true stories, well, I am a non-fiction writer for the most part and that is pretty much what I write.

      Have a great weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Anna Haven 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      You had my attention gripped right from the start with your poetry, line spacing and such clear imagery.

      I didn't know what to expect but it wasn't what came next. Your story was heart warming and positive and your own beautiful soul came through loudly.

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Welcome To Whoville you are so kind and true to others you always try to make others feel better with such powerful prayers. A beautifully thought of hub from you. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 

      7 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Michele,

      Aw, thank you for such kind and loving words left here!

      Yes, I truly believe in the power of prayer without a doubt one bit, as I have seen Him work mightily through prayer.

      Thank you for making that great point there about prayer!

      I appreciate the votes across.

      God bless you too,

      Faith Reaper

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      Michele Travis 

      7 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Faith Reaper you are truly a gift from God. God hears your prays, because you are honest, not selfish, and a wonderful woman.

      Thank you so much for writing this poem.

      Not only because it is wonderful, but it also teaches us how to help others by praying for the.

      Voted up all across ( but not funny)

      God bless you.


    • Faith Reaper profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      Morning dearest Ps,

      Thank you so much for your lovely words here. I praise our God and to him all the glory. He is so faithful to hear and provide, as He is Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides.

      Thanks for the hugs on my little precious gif from above, my grandson - yes, a beautiful little bundle of joy.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Patricia Scott 

      8 years ago from North Central Florida

      Faith eyes filled with tears as I read this because you cared enough to pray for someone who was lost in Whoville. Prayer is a wondrous way we have to ask God's blessings on others. That family is so blessed that you, my sweet Friend, came by.

      And, huggie huggie on the new grandbaby....what a joy the grandbabies are. Love in Christ ps

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      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      teaches - thanks for the very wise comments and for taking time to read. God bless you.

      jojo - thanks for reading. I love sharing about faith.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jane Boucheirre 

      8 years ago from CA

      Great hub. thanks for sharing about faith.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      Faith, we must not overlook those who need our encouragement and help in facing life's problems. Love is charity of heart and is complete as we serve others. Love your connecting Whoville to this thought.

    • Faith Reaper profile imageAUTHOR

      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      Wayne, that is so very true, Amen to that!!! Thank you so much for reading and leaving excellent comments. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      The part I like best about this story is that while you were praying for these people, they were not sitting idly by and waiting...they were out there trying and it paid off on both accounts...we could use a lot more of both in this world today. Thanks for sharing this! UP. WB

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      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      ICBENEFIELD - Yes, He is awesome and does provide. Just ask, believing, without doubting one bit. Thank you for reading and leaving a wonderful comment to glorify our God.

      MHATTER - Great to see you here. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I am humbled. God bless you.

      UNKNOWNSPY - Thank you so much for reading. You are beautiful. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Life Under Construction 

      8 years ago from Neverland

      Faith, you have such a wonderful heart. Blessings to you. This hub is beautiful.

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      Martin Kloess 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Shear inspiration! so beautiful. congratulations

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      8 years ago

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful. This is a great reminder I needed tonight of who our God is and how he provides in every need and the power of prayer. Thanks.

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      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      kashmir - Thanks so much for always reading and for the wonderful comments. Sometimes God will open our eyes to what He would like for us to see. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Thomas Silvia 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great well written and beautiful hub with a very awesome message !

      Well done ! Vote up and more !!!

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      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      tobusiness - God bless you - I know He has already saved the world - it is finished, but so long as we all are still here, we are to glorify our King. So, that is what I will continue to do until he calls me home. Thank you so much for reading and leaving such lovely comments. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      8 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Faith, you are a remarkable caring woman, but you cannot save the world, however, I know you will give it a good try.

      Your hubs are very motivating, I hope many will be encouraged to follow your example. Uplifting as always.

      Best wishes

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      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      SPARKLEA - I do that same thing when I see a pedestrian, especially walking down the Interstate, and I just life up my right hand and ask the Lord to bless them and keep them. Matthew West is one of my favorite singers too. As God tells us in His word, that we are not to just merely read the Word, and so deceive ourselves, but we are to do what it says, and I failed on that one. But I know He forgave me and He heard my prayers. He is sweet like that you know! Thanks for reading and always saying encouraging words. God bless you.

      ANGELME, thank you so much for reading. I am glad my hubs help you, as that is the main point why I write them to glorify our King and bless others in the meantime! No need to feel guilty, as we are just merely humans, and God loves us no matter what we do or do not do. That is why He is so awesome. Nothing we could ever do could make Him stop loving us. I love you too. God bless you always.


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      8 years ago

      Faith this give a squeezed to my like am reading a novel..i don't know how to put everything into writing while reading this full of wisdom and made me feel guitly , that sometimes i complain so much with just a little discomfort , too far if compared to other 's who are almost drowning yet they manages to live happy , still having hopes and can even smile.

      his hub makes my day..worthy to be read , it's a Holy Spirit inspired work..

      Faaith thanks for being a vehicle og God's love and His teachings..greatly it helps my daily life..God bless you more and more..

      Take Care Faith , hope you have fully recovered.

      Voted Up and shared !

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      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Oh, Faith, what a tremendous Hub! Voted up, awesome, useful and beautiful! I also watched the whole video, because Matthew West is one of my favorite singers.

      You have inspired me to create a hub ... and I thank you for that!

      WONDERFUL story, and loved the pictures that accompanied it.

      I agree prayer is so powerful. Often I pray for pedestrians whom I see while driving, especially if they look sad. I know God hears ALL prayers.

      Thank you for this great write, I felt your heart throughout. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      DEBBIE - Your heart is pure and tender. God bless you.

      GOTTABEGOD - Thank you so much dear Sister, and I will pray for Juan. God knows where He is and the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective! God bless you.

      BILLYBUC - Thank you for reading and being a wonderful friend.

      LORD DE CROSS - Your words are always so encouraging. I am blessed to know YOU via Hub Pages. Let us all remember to not merely read the Word, and so deceive ourselves, but to do what it says. God bless you.


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      Joseph De Cross 

      8 years ago from New York

      Relentless heart! With a mssion of your own. Touching everyone one minute at a time. There are so many lost souls out there. You have been given us the deliverance we needed. Magnificent words, with the seal of power from God! Keep them coming Faith! You are the best!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful message from a beautiful woman!

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      Tracia Bussey 

      8 years ago from Southern USA

      Awesome as always dear Faith Reaper!! Oh Lord, please help us to live outside of our own little worlds!

      I recently had an encounter with a lady who told me her brother was dying of stomach cancer. She's Hispanic and works at a store nearby. My heart broke as I prayed for him. She had a little jar set out by the register for people to drop their change in for him. I went back a couple of days later with a money gift prepared to find out where he lived so I could get a couple of folks to go with me and pray for him. It turned out he lives in Mexico. He is 32 with several young children and she says there's no hope for him. The money is to help the family survive as he passes away. I assured her that I and others would pray for him and his family - please remember him, his name is Juan!

      God bless!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      8 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Faith I am crying again.. you make me so glad I am a Christian.. and make me realize what I have to be doing. I thank God He is using you.

      God Bless you


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      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Molly, thank you for stopping to read. I know with the title, you probably were going to think it was something funny, as I know you love to write with humor. I do have some funny ones (that are true) I will pull out later in time. Yes, praise the Lord!!! I know He doesn't need me for one thing, but I am to be obedient and not just read His word, but do what it says! God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Mary Strain 

      8 years ago from The Shire

      Faith, I love touching and so true! I've done this myself and felt guilty for it. But you prayed, and God heard. PTL! Up and beautiful.


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