Looking for Josephs
--by Della, posted Jul 28, 2006
Money was tight in our household but her argument was "Mom, I have a lot to be thankful for; maybe he doesn't have that much." That year when she unwrapped her empty gift box, she read the word Joseph in it. My daughter smiled her beautiful smile and we cried.
Ten years later, I lost that daughter in a car accident.
It's been 9 years and each Christmas I stand in front of the tree of angels at the store for an hour, searching for the "Josephs" who will get her gifts.
One year, a 15 year old girl wrote, "My baby brother needs clothes more than I need a photo album and film." So I got her box of scrapbook and photo supplies and I hope they had as much fun with it as I had shopping for her.
I know my Angel girl was watching over me that year. The girl's name was Johanna ... the same as my daughter.
Thank you for sharing your story...
I understand the grief and sense of loss to lose your daughter, as myself had lose 2 brothers,...but always remembering the good times, the precious memories and Johanna's legacy, her kindness and caring for others...without her shining example, many of the Josephs are forgotten, so God will see you thro and may you have peace, joy...
That made me cry.
Sad, and joyous, and hopeful.
Very appreciative that such a young girl think so much beyond her happiness. We need many more Johannas in this world and more parents like you who have given these values to their children.