A couple days ago, my mother noted that I was giving away the creche on my blog. She said, "Why don't you give that to So-and-So. She needs one for the kids."
I told her I couldn't do that. It felt like I'd be cheating all of those who participated out of a chance to win. I told her she could enter if she wanted to for a fair shot, but I couldn't justify pulling the nativity after posting it as a giveaway, ya know?
Anyway, fast forward to my buddy, Dom, winning the creche. She and I met a couple years back online. We started out as two women sharing tidbits about the faith, and slowly developed a friendship rooted firmly in "I'll pray for you, you pray for me."
We never met in person, but I can always count on her to be a wonderful person through and through.
So imagine my delight when her name was drawn as the winner. This is her 2nd win from my page (out of the 10 or so giveaways I've done). When I told her about the family with no creche, she generously offered to pass it along to them. How sweet is that? She did not have to be so generous, but she chose to be, and for that, I am humbled.
Now this family will have a Christmas creche, and the mom will have a beautiful display with which to teach her two young children about the real reason for the season for many years to come.
When Dom displayed this generosity without hesitation, I asked if there was anything I could do to repay her kindness. She said, "Pray a novena to St. Monica for the conversion of my children."
I'm going to admit something that embarrasses me a bit, but I've never successfully completed a novena. I've started plenty, but never completed one (at least in the right amount of time). However, I promise that I will complete this novena for Dom as a thank you.
My mom, when she heard Dom's request, offered to do the same.
I would ask that anyone else, if you feel so inclined, please pray along with us. What a beautiful way to start this week.
Thanks for the Christmas magic, Dom. And thanks to all who participated.