The older I get, the less I want or need and the more I’m aware of the needs of others. And it’s not because I can’t think of anything I want or need, it’s because I’m more aware of everything I already have. I’ve come to think of it as one of the gifts of growing older. It’s one of God’s ways of preparing us for life after this world with its promotions, blinking lights and promises of this and that to cure our ills, needs and fulfilll our neverending list of wishes.
Yesterday I flew to California to spend time with my daughter Heather, Matt, Lily, Luke and Basil. And to meet their new puppy, Teddy. He’s so cute and looks like a little Teddy bear. But it served as one more reminder of one of my needs. And yours. To be together with friends and family. To belong.
Well, I can’t believe how much email found its way into my box while I flew from sea to shining sea. But one was from Maggie Wallem Rowe. He blog is so worth reading. But in it she quoted Ann Voskamp, one of my favorite writers. This quote from Ann summed up what I want most for Christmas.
“I don’t want a Christmas you can buy. I don’t want a Christmas you can make. What I want is a Christmas that holds me, remakes me, revives me. I want a Christmas that whispers JESUS.”
How about you?
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