We sometimes wonder what to buy for "the person who has everything." A man named Jeffrey had another dilemma - what to give his older brother for Christmas. Joey had almost nothing.
Joey was born developmentally disabled and for most of his 39 years had lived on the family farm and ridden a school bus to various schools and events. His sister recalls, "Joey had always wanted to be a school bus driver. Ever since I was a little girl, I remember him playing with toy school buses, making bus sounds and pointing out every bus he saw on the roads around our farm.
"As we grew older, he became the school bus driver's best friend. He always sat in the front seat so he could talk to the driver. He memorized the name of every school bus driver in our school district and the neighboring district, as well as their bus numbers. We're talking about dozens of buses and school bus drivers!"
On Christmas morning 2011, Jeffrey had a surprise for Joey. Parked behind the barn, with a giant red bow attached to the grill, was a school bus! The entire family was "blown away," but Joey knew just what to do. He opened the door and let everyone get on board, reminding them to remain seated while the bus was in motion. The gray winter day was transformed by joy as Joey drove his family around the fields of his parents' farm.
Thanks to Jeffrey's generosity and thoughtfulness, Joey still drives his school bus around the farm, living out his dream, giving rides to family and friends.
Jeffrey's gift of love, straight from his heart to Joey's, gives us a tiny glimpse of God's love for us. He sent His Son Jesus in the form of a human baby - a baby who grew to manhood and willingly sacrificed His sinless life to pay the penalty for our sin on the cross.
"The Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world." (I John 4:14b)
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God." (I John 3:1a)