Roses for Mom

Christmas is a time for magic and mystery. It is also a time of generosity and grace …

It was Christmas Eve. The florist shop stayed open late and was doing a brisk business. A line waited at the counter. In that line was a 7 year-old boy. His clothes looked worn out and his shoes had more than a few holes in them. When it was finally his turn, he placed a wadded up dollar bill on the counter and spoke boldly, “Mister, do you have any roses for my mom? I’m willing to pay a buck for ‘em.”

Roses for $1? The other customers couldn’t help but snicker and whisper some comments of incredulity. The shopkeeper looked down at the boy and said, “Let me see what I can do for you.” The man headed for the back of the shop. After a few minutes he returned with a dozen long-stemmed red roses, picked up the dollar bill, and placed the roses in the boy’s arms. “You’re in luck, son. On Christmas Eve, we have a special on roses for young men who want to do something nice for their mothers. Merry Christmas!”

With a big smile on his face, the boy gathered his roses and walked proudly out of the store with his head held high. “Wait til mom sees these!”

May you find opportunity to bring joy this Christmas to someone who really needs it!

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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