Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Tag and a little story

Another little Christmas Tag I made.


I am reading a book by Francine Rivers called:  HER MOTHER'S HOPE.
I have to share this with you as it so touched my heart. Hildemara Rose is a little girl, born to an English Mama and a German Papa. It is during the first world war and due to several unnerving circumstances the couple move to the U.S.A. Papa is a devout Christian and reads the Bible to his children. Hildemara is a sweet girl, but of weak disposition and at the age of five gets picked on at school by her teacher because of the fact that her brother was killed by the Germans in the war.
They are not a rich family, having to live in a tent, and during inspection in the morning at school, Hildemara always gets picked on for having dirty hands or hair, by her teacher. She is humiliated every time but doesn't talk about it to her parents.
One evening Papa reads the Bible about how Jesus was crucified on the Cross and about loving your enemies. Hildemara thought about it - did that mean she had to love her teacher although her teacher hated her?  Pray for those that persecute you, Jesus said.  What did that word mean she thought? Mama had said that it meant that its when someone treats you cruelly, when they spitefully use you. Her Papa said that 'Jesus was treated cruelly, when He was nailed to the Cross. He prayed for the people who put Him there. He asked God to forgive them because they didn't know what they were doing'.  Papa continued talking to his little daughter 'God says if you love only those who love you, then you're no better than those who are cruel to you. If you are kind only to friends, you are no different than your enemy'.
Hildemara didn't want her parents to be sad for her so she started praying for her teacher that she would be nice to her, because maybe she didn't know what she was doing either.  The prayers didn't change anything, in fact it all got a whole lot worse. The next day, the teacher made a spectacle of her in front of all the other children. Papa had told her to forgive but forgiveness wasn't easy, not when the same thing happened over and over again.
With the new school term, Hildemara's sister Clotilde went to school with her for the first time. Hildemara was dreading going back to school and was scared for her sister, but Clotilde was prettier than she was so she hoped that she would be spared the teachers wrath. Once again, Hildemara got pulled by her hair by her teacher yanking her from her seat. Clotilde ran from her seat screaming at the teacher to leave her sister alone and kicked her in the shins.  Hildemara grabbed her sister's hand and fled from the classroom. 'Why did you kick the teacher Clotilde? Papa says we aren't supposed to hate anyone; people were mean to Jesus too, and He didn't kick anyone. We have to be kind to her no matter what she does. Her brother got killed in the war, she hates us because Papa's German. We have to pray for her, she's very sad and angry. I've been praying for her for two years now, she doesn't know what she is doing.'
Very soon the Headmaster of the school found them and took them home and explained what had happened to Hildemara's Papa.
That evening Papa lifted Hildemara onto his knee, brushed back her hair and kissed her cheeks. 'Mrs Ransom won't be your teacher anymore. She quit her job.'
'She hates me Papa, she's always hated me!'
'I don't think she hates you anymore, said Papa.'
Hildemara's mouth wobbled and she burst out crying. 'I prayed for her Papa. I wanted her to like me. I prayed and prayed and my prayers never changed anything.

Papa pressed her head gently against his shoulder. 'Prayers changed you, Hildemara. You learned to love your enemy.'
UNQUOTE

That last sentence so touched me!! Our prayers will not always change other people, the circumstances, the World - but they will change us!

22 comments:

Мария Доричева Maria Doricheva said...

The story is very good.Thank you,Jacqueline, for taking time to share it.

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

Your Christmas tags are so pretty! Thanks for the book recommendation.

Lin said...

I love the moral of this story, Jacqueline, and your tag is the same - love this pretty blue! Thanks so much for sharing them both.

Barb said...

So glad you shared the story, my friend, and your card is so beautiful! Love the blues! Hugs! :)

susanne said...

So beautiful and so true. Thank you for sharing this story Jacqueline, it put tears in my eyes. I love your card, it's so pretty!

susanne said...

So beautiful and so true. Thank you for sharing this story Jacqueline, it put tears in my eyes. I love your card, it's so pretty!

Chris(craft) and Dave(photos) Richards said...

There is a special message to us all dear Jacqueline in this story !
The Tag is stunning and the most heavenly blue !
Thank you dear friend !!!
love and hugs
chris richards
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Jill W. said...

What a beautiful tag! I love how you used the HA label as its base!
Thank you for mentioning the book. I enjoy Francine River's writing. I skipped most of what you wrote about it so I can go ahead and read it. (I just checked and my local library has it on hold for me).

Dawn said...

What a delightful story Jacqueline. So moving. Your tag is also so pretty. Love those soft blues. Hope you are continuing to improve.

Ira said...

Your story is very touching Jacqueline... And your tag adorable, love the embossed stamps, so pretty... Hugs, Ira

Ellie said...

Prachtig, weer, en je verhaaltje is ook erg mooi, ik hoop dat boek nog eens te lezen....

Brenda Evans said...

I love your blog Jacqueline - I have never posted here but I enjoy your cards and I have been following your progress. This story touched my heart and I thank you for sharing it. And I love your crafts - you are indeed talented and touched by the spirit of our Savior. God Bless!

Ros said...

Lovely story ... There's a good lesson in there ... forgiveness is really hard ...
I love your tag ... so pretty ... hope you are doing well

Tiffany said...

So gorgeous in all of these blues! This has got to be my new favorite tag of yours, using that awesome frame stamp!

Isla said...

Thanks for sharing this good reminder. Can I ask for your help here? I want to locate a French stamp company making rubber stamps sentiments, particularly of the 'wise words' genre. I used to buy from Infiniscrap (I think that was the name) but I can't locate them any more. Any help will be really appreciated. Love your work and your blog.

Isla said...

Thanks for sharing this good reminder. Can I ask for your help here? I want to locate a French stamp company making rubber stamps sentiments, particularly of the 'wise words' genre. I used to buy from Infiniscrap (I think that was the name) but I can't locate them any more. Any help will be really appreciated. Love your work and your blog.

Brenda said...

Another beautiful tag Jacqueline! And thank you for that wonderful story, it sounds like a great read, with a very valuale lesson!

Petra Tillmann said...

What a great card you made. I have that stamp too. Want to try this myself....

Linda R. said...

Thanks so much for this story.. It brought tears to my eyes.. I don't ever think I thought of my prayers that way!

I do pray all the time.. And I definitely believe he listens to us. But it is so true. It does change us!!

Thanks again my sweet friend..

Hugs, Linda

Paula said...

thank you for the inspirational story! Your new picture is lovely Jacqueline. And, do I recognize the ribbon you used on the tag?

Nancy said...

What a beautiful message, I'm so glad you shared this truth about prayer and God's love. Your tag is a beauty, love the blue color palette.

Anke said...

Oh Jacqueline your tag is wonderful, I love it.

Hugs
Anke