Friday, October 22, 2010

Once Upon a Christmas!

"Once Upon a Christmas" is projected to be in our hands November 9, 2010. This is an exciting project with 20 short stories written by, Sharon Bernash Smith, Rosanne Croft and Linda Reinhardt.

I wanted to take a moment to share something with you about one of the stories in this book. The story is very dear to my heart, "Only One Wish for Me". It was one of the first I wrote as a young believer. During a time of prayer, I asked for a Christmas story to write, to enable me to reach out to others and share, about this special love and gift I had received through Jesus. That afternoon I wrote out a short story about Grandpa Schooster who has been a delight in my imagination since that day.

I was so excited about this story. I had everyone I could read it. And then, one year, I lengthened the story and it was performed as a play at our church. The following year a group of us brought the play to adult care facilities. We had an absolute blast.

It has been a prayer of my heart to see this story in book form. It was first written about twenty years ago. I had no idea how to get a story of this length in print. Now, this Christmas, God has expanded the answer to that simple prayer, for a short story to reach out to others, to now be in book form.

I have a desire to talk to anyone who is reading this blog today, to try to translate this to a long awaited desire of your heart. Sometimes, it seems as though a prayer is unanswered or the answer is just plain, "no". God is listening. I don't know how He plans to have the desires of your heart play out in your life, or how He plans to answer them, but please don't give up. Have faith.

Believe me when I tell you, there are many things I have prayed about and still praying about, that I thought looked hopeless, only to see nothing is ever hopeless when I put it in the hands of the one who created me. Sent His Son to die for me. Believing in Jesus gives us the gift of ETERNAL salvation.

I know He took care of my Eternity and I know He can take care of my today.

I wanted to share a short synopsis of "Only One Wish for Me".

It’s the first Christmas without Grandpa Schooster for Andrew and Marie. Along with Marie’s daughter, Caroline, they search the house for his special Christmas decorations and stumble upon his old journal.
Much to their amazement, they read all about their first Christmas with Grandpa Schooster after their own parents died and he takes on the responsibility of raising his grandchildren, whom he adores.
He had taken them up to his cabin in the mountains. Upon arriving, he discovers the children have asked for a gift that only God can give to them. What could this gift be?
Together Andrew, Marie, and Caroline enjoy once again the story of how Grandpa spends the night discovering a gift that cannot be put under a tree.

We have some events planned for the months of November and December. Stay tuned and I will place the schedule right here.

God bless you.

1 comment:

Sylvia said...

I'm so happy for you, Linda. The Lord sometimes takes His time in answering our prayers, but He is always faithful. Hugs