The Lone Christmas Plate …

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My prayers continue for distant neighbors affected by Hurricane Sandy. I’m sure many of you could say the same.  So much devastation.  People looking for courage to face the future.  Some are finding it in the most unpredictable places.  Did you hear this story?

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Staten Island was one of the communities hardest hit.  One man interviewed said his home is completely gone; only the floor boards remain.  He and his wife, along with their two young daughters, are blessed to be staying with relatives.

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According to news sources … In the rubble that was once his home, he found one clean, intact plate of Christmas china.  He said that plate will be special at Christmastime and will be used specifically for his mother’s cookies.

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A lone Christmas plate … Something to cling to when life as his family knew it disappeared.  A source of hope that the future will hold a plate of Mother’s Christmas cookies.

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I pray he also knows the source of Hope.  The baby born at Christmas.  The Light of the world.  JESUS.

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12)

There’s not another plate in the world that could hold the same significance as the “survivor,” but I still wish I knew the china pattern of the family’s lone Christmas plate … because I’ll bet I know some dish-lovin’ bloggers who would pitch in and buy them a whole set!   But since I don’t …
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If, like me, you have not only a single Christmas plate but a set (or 2 or 10) of Christmas china, perhaps you’ll join me in reaching out to help all of our neighbors in the Northeast.  If you need it, here’s a link to help you get started … and Charity Navigator will let you be sure you’re giving to a reputable organization.

Let’s do something novel …
Do to others as you would have them to do you. (Luke 6:31)
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  1. Beautiful post, Susan. I think that even if you did know the pattern of that plate, the one surviving plate would be so much more significant. We have one Christmas plate from my husband’s grandmother which has survived through the years. I love using it for cookies too.
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring.
    Love and blessings,

  2. Thanks for letting me know about the link. I just fixed it. I certainly want everyone to be able to come here and read this inspiring post. Thank you for sharing the information along with the beautiful pictures.

  3. Thank you so much, Susan, for this post. I live on Staten Island, and the devastation here is almost too much to conceive. I was spared, and even have power. I started praying for this storm last weekend and haven’t stopped. And it is so cold, and another storm brewing for mid week. xo

    • Barbara, I hope that you will receive this reply. We live in south Louisiana half the year, and though I’m only 90 miles away, Katrina affected all of us. Thanks be to God that you have power; please know that ALL of us are praying for you all, and that our catering companies and repair/cleanup trucks are already up your way. Stay strong. This WILL pass!

  4. Your post gave me goose bumps! Great post! I have SO much to be thankful for, and must stop and ask God how I can help those who suffered loss from the storm.

  5. Thanks, Susan, or this wonderful post. My in-laws live on Long Island and they are devastated by this storm. I am so thankful that they are okay and that I have the good life that I so enjoy. What a treasure that one lone plate is….I have a few of those here and there.
    That first setting here is Lennox and that is my one daughter’s Christmas china. xo Diana

  6. Beautiful post, Susan. I remember many such stories from Katrina…everything destroyed in a home, one valuable antique vase untouched; the list goes on and on. God certainly works, doesn’t He? Living in south Louisiana, we know this only too well. Praying constantly for those affected. It will be a slow, slow process in all respects. Thank you again for this sweet post.

  7. Yes, very sad, such devastation in my home town NY, but I am so happy my family in NY and NJ didn’t suffer any damage, or were hurt, just some small trees that fell and strong winds. They have power and blessed! My heart and prayers go out to the people that suffered and were directly affected by it. We never heard or imagined anyhting like this happening in the East Coast, this seemed to happen almost only in the South! Mother Nature is very feackle. Like in all terrible situations there’s always something cute, fun or incredible..look at this valuable antique untouched! Have a happy week.

  8. Wow. I’m choked up. What a beautiful post, and I hadn’t heard that Christmas plate story. We have a tremendous amount to be thankful for today and every day. Praying for all those impacted by Sandy.


  9. I have been watching the news each day and I am familiar with Mike Abbuzio’s story. It, and so many others, are so sad but filled with hope. I just can’t imagine exactly what feelings of desperation and despair these folks must be experiencing right now, especially as colder weather descends upon them with no power or heat. Today I am particularly thankful that, even though there are really bad things going on in my own life, I at least have a roof over my head, a floor beneath my feet, a working furnace, clean water, and food on the table.

  10. What a special story. I know his story will touch many–and remind them of the Christ of Christmas. Thank you for the link.

  11. I had not heard this story, Susan, and I am so thankful you shared it with us. My heart is full.♥

  12. What a thoughtful idea! Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Blue Monday, Susan.

  13. I love the holiday dishes. Beautiful and festive.

  14. Love your Holiday dishes!

    My Blue Monday.

  15. Lovely details on those Christmas plates!

    A late visit from Blue Monday.
    I hope that you can still drop by and comment on my BLUE post.
    Thanks and have a great evening.