“Secondhand Miracle” by Susan Call

I’m excited to be part of A Cup of Christmas Cheer this year! My story, “Secondhand Miracle,” is part of Volume Four: Heartwarming Tales of Christmas Present.

The setting:
The small town in “Secondhand Miracle” is loosely inspired by the historical Victorian town of Lewisburg, located in central Pennsylvania.

The story:
Rugged retired sailor Henry Pearson is a man who welcomes a challenge. Little does he know that his Christmas agreement with his wife, Rose, will prove daunting. This year, hoping to simplify and focus on the true meaning of Christmas, they decide to limit their spending to only $20. Soon he begins to wonder if their agreement is impossible. How can he ever find the perfect meaningful gift?

Just as he thinks all hope is lost, Henry uncovers a bit of Christmas magic in a secondhand shop. His heartwarming gift will be just the perfect treasure to remind Rose of the long legacy and beautiful love they’ve shared together.

Susan Call's ParentsThe inspiration:
Not long ago my dad shared a sweet true story from early in his relationship with my mom. A young sailor passing through a train station near my mother’s college, they hoped for a fleeting glance before he was deployed. Standing on the back of the train as he passed through the busy Philadelphia train station, the two only caught a quick glimpse of one another before his train disappeared from the station. But just before it did, my dad reached in his pocket and tossed my mom a small gift. From the moment I heard how the touching scene unfolded, I knew it begged to be the seed of a bigger story, filled with the same heartwarming emotion and genuine time-enduring love.

The takeaway:
I hope my readers are blessed by the sweetness of an enduring love and a reminder that it’s the simple things at Christmas and in life that truly mean the most.

Christmas traditions:
Every year, my family enjoys making gingerbread houses out of graham crackers. We fill the kitchen table with assorted candies and “building supplies.” We listen to Christmas music while we craft our masterpieces. I welcome the wonderful time of togetherness it provides!

Your turn:
Have you ever received a gift that how you received has its own special story? Why not share that memory with someone today and let the gift of joy you felt keep giving?

My giveaway!

Enter and you could win this beautiful “Love Richly” mug.
The inscription reads “Love Richly – God richly gives us everything to enjoy.”
1 Timothy 6:17.

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Susan CallThe storyteller:
Susan Call is an author and speaker whose passion is encouraging contagious hope and inspiring faith-filled strength to overcome life’s challenges. Susan’s memoir, A Search for Purple Cows, also published with Guidepost Books, shares her remarkable story of betrayal, finding faith, the power of forgiveness, and the joy of redemption. She has written for Guidepost Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and for Focus on the Family Magazine. Susan speaks fluent Swedish and enjoys pursuing a hobby of photography. She’s a proud mother of two children, a wife and a stepmother. Be sure to connect with Susan online by visiting her website at http://susancall.com.



12 thoughts on ““Secondhand Miracle” by Susan Call

  1. Susan, what a sweet and wonderful story of your parents! I could just imagine the excitement they experienced as they anticipated glimpsing each other and the thrill of your mom as she caught her Christmas gift!

    • Debbie, I think it was a magical moment. They said that the people around them cheered when they realized what was happening.

  2. Sarah, it’s given our whole family an extra smile this Christmas season. Both my mom and dad where excited to see how their story inspired Secondhand Miracle.

    • Thanks AJ. They’ve given me lots of great stories to draw upon. It’s a nice gift back to them for all they’ve done for me and everything they’ve been through.

  3. Susan, thank you for sharing your parent’s love story. I received a special cup from a dear friend with the Scripture from Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. 🙂

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