Kindness at Christmas — the stories we need to hear

Friday, December 18, 2015 9:55 am

Christmas is always a mix of emotions for everyone – happiness, loneliness, anxiety, stress and confusion. 

But out of all the craziness, there’s always some incredible stories of kindness and love.

Here are 3 we think will warm your hearts:

Good samaritans — Mary and airline staff 

When Laura Genovich, in the US, was desperately trying to visit her mother before she passed away, her pain was enhanced by a delayed flight, which was then cancelled.

But a stranger who overheard her distressed phone calls comforted her: “My name is Mary. I’ve been listening to you for the last hour and I’ve been praying for you and your family. I am not leaving your side until you are on a plane to Orlando.”

Mary also insisted on paying for Laura’s new flight: “I told Mary that she did not have to do that, I could pay it, but she insisted, telling me that it was a thanksgiving and Christmas gift to me…I cried harder, telling her I would pay it forward. She told me to go take care of my dad, and to take care of my baby, and that would be paying it forward. Then she hugged me tightly and said, ‘I love you and the Lord loves you’.”

Even the airline sent Laura a note of encouragement post-flight.

Read the full story here.

The World’s Largest Nativity Scene

Piano Guys, Peter Hollens, and David Archuleta together with 1,000 people to celebrate the birth of Christ and perform ‘Angels We Have Heard On High’. Watch what they create at the end.

Video from Godvine.

Little brother and sister duo collecting hampers for the homeless

Alex and Libby Dewberry said they wanted to be “good roles models for other children and people” in their community.

So the Brisbane duo, eight and 11, have been trying to make 250 backpack Christmas presents full of necessities for those who would be finding this time of year particularly hard.

Full story here.

And, of course, the greatest story of love and kindness is the reason we celebrate Christmas — when God sent Jesus into our world to fix our loneliness and brokenness.

Lifewords: But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:10-14

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