It’s become an annual tradition for CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman to visit with “Secret Santa,” an anonymous businessman who travels the country at Christmas time randomly handing out $100 bills. The accompanying news stories highlight our power to help others.
For instance, in 2011, “Secret Santa” gave money to 30-year-old Thomas Coates, a drug addict who “hocked his own son’s toys for drug money.” Coates’ girlfriend had recently asked him to say a prayer to God asking for help. He did. Then, “Secret Santa” showed up and handed him $100.
“It’s amazing,” Coates said. “That to me was a miracle. That was God saying, ‘Alright, you had enough now. I’m going to show you something.’ So from here on out it’s up to me.” Coates has since checked himself into a treatment center.
“Secret Santa” points out the lesson in all this: “We can change the world one random act of kindness at a time.”
We always pray for you, asking that our God will…fulfill by His power every good resolve and work of faith. (2 Thessalonians 1:11)
O God, nurture my spirit of generosity.