Debby Reeves, a seven year old, stumbles across a secret that her father seems to be hiding from his children. When she finally gets the courage to speak to her mother about it, after witnessing something her father did one night, she tells her mom that she wants to help her dad out whatever way she can.
Does Debby finally ask her dad if she can help fix things for him? Does her dad allow her to help him overcome the issue he’s kept secret all these years?
I found this to be a heartfelt story and I really enjoyed the fact that Ms. Craver wrote this story based on true events that happened in her own childhood. I loved the closeness this family displayed and once I found out what the secret was, I had hoped that Debby’s dad would be able to overcome it with the love and support of his entire family. Overall, I thought this story was a perfect example of how strong their love for each other really was and how it was helping them to work through things together as a family. Nicely done, Ms. Craver!
Justin Reeves is a man who has it all: a good job, a loving wife and children who are the center of his universe. Justin also has a secret he’s hidden from everyone his entire life. Quite innocently seven-year-old Debby, stumbles upon her father’s secret on a summer night in 1957. She confronts her father with the awful truth. Justin is touched by her concern and offer of help.
When nothing is done by any of the adults in the family, Debby prays to Jesus for someone to help her father. Not only is her eloquent prayer instrumental in changing her father’s life, but it starts a chain reaction in each family member’s life. The older sister, Gail, is in love with a man Debby doesn’t like. Her middle sister, Kathy, who wanted to be a dancer, struggles with the physical infirmity that has crippled her every bit as much as their father’s once-secret flaw limits him. Debby’s brother, Carl, worries about the future because of his commitment to the army. Even their mother, Lucille Reeves, although devoted to her husband and children, now hopes to broaden her personal horizons. Justin, his wife and children all are blessed by positive life changes because of Debby’s prayer.
Father and daughter together embark upon a journey which takes Justin from the darkness of shame into the light of victory. When he finally accomplishes what he wanted his whole life, Justin reaches out to his family in a special way on Christmas Day. His gift to his wife, daughters and son influences them all for a lifetime.
Previously published as A CHRISTMAS GIFT with Whimsical Publications