By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Yesterday was a double scoop of double blessing.
First, a visit to one of my dearest and most cherished friends in Sioux Falls and then a delicious lengthy visit with my beloved client.
A Pizza Ranch "stop" on the way through Tea (Sioux Falls Suburb) to pick up her favorite meal seemed a necessary part of the trip:
Chicken dinner: two thighs/dark meat, mashed potatos with a side of gravy, and a dish extra on the side of macaroni salad /make that an extra scoop please.
I was fairly bursting out the door in my excitement to see her after my 30 mile drive.
  I made my way to the large bay window and there sat my friend on the other side of the glass pane, rocking in her chair and with a "far-away" gaze.
I rapped on the window and, for a moment, she thought I was a bird crashed hard against the window. It took a moment for her mind and eyes to register that "I" was the "bird" on the other side, and she lit up like a cannon and laughed upon the realization.
We spent the next hours visiting, playing games, laughing, loving, and looking through Christmas cards together ... and the time flew.
And before we knew it, it was time for me to say good-bye.
We prayed together and then she uttered a "significant" revelation:
Her Twinkies were gone.
In fact ... she wondered if I'd noticed the empty box laying lonely on the counter.
Yes, chuckle with me, dear reader.
To deny and deprive my 92 year old friend of the right to eat Twinkies over the Christmas holiday almost seemed sinful.
I couldn't leave her there like that ... and she knew it.
My loving, brilliant, conniving little friend had done her magical work on me yet again.
Hmmm ...
I drove 30 miles into town and 30 miles back and made another memory for the two of us.
A gorgeous bright red poinsettia, a "Word-find," and Twinkies in "tow", I gave her a final hug, a kiss goodnight, and blessed my dear friend once more.
And then ... I got in the car and drove home.
Peace and joy filled me,
the Father's love spilled over on me,
and I gave thanks to God.
For loving me in double portion,
And returning to me with double love,
I am a child doubly blessed.
Merry Christmas.
Merry Christmas.
Lord, help me to be a "double blessing" to those who cross my path this Christmas season.