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Woman spots Santa on 1 knee in prayer and captures the touching moment
This tugged at my heartstrings.
Jenny Brown
12.09.21

The holiday season is exciting whether you believe in Santa Claus or not. However, for those children who do have faith that the guy in the red suit is real – it can be extra magical.

In addition to being a character from storybooks, actual Santas can be found in malls and stores across the country, helping make kids’ worlds a little brighter.

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Unsplash - Tim Mossholder

Some even show their gigantic hearts in unique ways.

A woman from Texas got an up-close look at a very genuine and compassionate Santa Claus while she was at work one day. She was so moved in fact, that she decided to snap a photo of him.

However, it wasn’t when Santa was delivering gifts or reciting his famous, “Ho, ho, ho.” Instead, it was during a peaceful moment when he didn’t know anyone was watching.

Facebook/Mariana Whitley Tumlinson
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Facebook/Mariana Whitley Tumlinson

Mariana Whitley Tumlinson works at the Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville, Texas.

The hospital hired a Santa Claus to visit their facility and spread happiness to all the young patients. But before leaving that day, he approached Mariana with a special request.

Santa had been walking out towards the exit when he spotted the hospital’s chapel. According to Mariana, he wanted to go inside and pray for the children he’d just spent time with.

Posted by Valley Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Mariana told the guy in the red suit “yes.”

Santa entered the chapel by himself so he could say prayers for the patients. Mariana left him alone at first, then walked inside a short time later. What she witnessed melted her heart.

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Unsplash - Raimond Klavins

It was a powerful sight.

The Santa character was on one knee in the chapel, with his head bowed down in prayer. Above him was a portrait of Jesus Christ.

Mariana was so moved by what she saw that she snapped a photo to capture the beautiful moment.

Facebook - Mariana Whitley Tumlinson
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Facebook - Mariana Whitley Tumlinson

She wanted to share it with the rest of the world.

That very day, Mariana posted the soul-stirring photo on Facebook along with the following message:

“I keep getting choked up with this photo. Today, after Santa visited our patients and was on his way out, he noticed our Chapel. He asked if he could go in and pray for the kids he just visited. I, of course, said yes. I didn’t walk In with him right away but when I did I was so moved by this image I had to capture it.”

The photograph of the praying Santa went viral and Mariana’s post currently has over 45K shares. She concluded it with the following:

“What a great reminder of the reason for the season. #reasonfortheseason #myfavoritesanta”

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Pixabay - Myriams-Fotos

While there are many fun characters associated with Christmastime – the holiday honors the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s a season for being kind, giving, and thinking of others. This big-hearted Santa was doing just that when he stopped to pray for the sick children in the hospital.

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Unsplash - George Bakos

Many people have been equally touched by the photo of Santa Claus praying. One Facebook user wrote:

“Very heart warming. Should remind us to very thankful for our health. Always pray for others”

Another commented:

“Most beautiful thing that I have seen in a long time, impossible not to feel touched by it.”

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Pixabay - pasja1000

Thank goodness there are kind and compassionate people who walk this earth, just like the man dressed in the Santa suit. Hopefully, this story touched your heart too!

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By Jenny Brown
hi@sbly.com
Jenny Brown is a senior writer at Shareably. She is based in San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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