Corrie ten Boom told this story about Victoria, Queen of England.
When the Queen stayed at the royal cottage, she loved to take long walks in the woods. On her walks, the Queen would wear ordinary clothes – in that setting, she liked to be anonymous.
One day, on one of her walks, she was caught in a heavy rainstorm. Noticing a nearby cottage, she ran to it for refuge. In this cottage lived an old peasant woman.
The Queen greeted the woman kindly and asked if she could borrow an umbrella. She added that she would return it later. The old woman had never seen the Queen before and she answered the request rather unpleasantly: “Well, I have two umbrellas; one is good and almost new. The other one is very worn, and has had its time. You may take the old one, for who knows if you will ever bring it back?”
In this kind of weather, a bad umbrella was better than no umbrella at all, and the Queen accepted it politely. She thanked the woman and she left smiling.
How great the horror of the old peasant woman when, the next morning, one of the Queen’s servants returned the old umbrella in the name of Queen Victoria. The old woman was so sorry that she had not offered her best. Over and over she cried, “If I had only known! Oh, if I had only known!”
O Blessed Messiah, we praise You today,
God’s chosen Redeemer, please show us Your way.
We worship and love You and honor You now,
We kneel in Your presence and humbly we bow.
God’s chosen is coming, the prophets proclaimed;
Emmanuel, God with us, He would be named.
God’s people believed and awaited the day
When God’s love would triumph and shut death away.
The Savior has come and He calls us to live
As His holy people, to serve and to give.
As we love each other, we honor our Lord;
We witness His presence and reverence His Word.