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Dec
31

To Own a Dragon

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I’m reading a book called “To Own a Dragon: Reflections on Growing up Without a Father” by Donald Miller and John MacMurray. The book is actually written for men so Donald gives a disclaimer at the beginning for any women who would read it! A friend of mine loved the book so much she asked me to read it.  I want to share a couple of excerpts from chapter five where Donald addresses the idea of God fathering us.

What I am getting at is the concept of a father may have been soiled for you and me, but it was important for me to realize who did the soiling.  To be fair, it wasn’t God…”

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Dec
30

Dreamland

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Dreamland…a pleasant, lovely land that exists only in dreams or the imagination

If your reality could be like your dreamland, what would your life be like? 

What would you change if it were possible to wave a magic wand over your life and watch the pumpkin and rats turn into a carriage drawn with majestic horses as in the story of Cinderella?

When we are children, it is easy to dream or imagine.  We dream of magical places and of ourselves as knights in shining armor and beautiful princesses.  We dream of lands where everything is good and lovely.  But as we live out our lives here on earth, oftentimes our ability to “dream” dies as we face what is sometimes harsh reality and the disappointments of everyday life. We are slapped on the hands by those who say it is foolish to dream.

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Dec
13

Birthday Ambivalence

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Today is my birthday.  I am 49. 

My birthday is always filled with ambivalence as I feel a sense of sadness because my twin brother, Mike, is no longer here on the earth with me. I miss him and regret not spending more time with him and helping him more through his difficult seasons. And strangely enough, today was my adopted parents’ wedding anniversary.  So I miss my father today, too.  I wish I could feel his hug and hear his laugh.  And I’ve lost so many relationships this last year. 

And this past year was so difficult.  Not a year I would ever want to relive.

Yet birthdays are supposed to be for celebrating.  I have much to celebrate. 

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Dec
09

My Grown-Up Christmas List

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As I awakened this morning, I found myself thinking of a Christmas song entitled “My Grown-Up Christmas List”.  It is a beautiful song full of meaning.  I began to think about what my list would look like this year.  I am going to share a very personal “Grown-Up Christmas List”. 

As I imagine myself opening gifts on Christmas morning – untying the bows, ripping off the paper as one by one, these are the gifts I would like to open this year:

1. Words of kindness, love, care, encouragement, counsel,empathy, and hope. As I evaluate 2008, words were very important. It was a year filled with words.  Words of  encouragement.  Words of empathy.  Words of counsel. Words of counsel. Words of hate.  Words of gossip.  Words of destruction.  Faithful words.  Unfaithful words.  Words intended to build up and words intended to tear down.  Interestingly, the year led me to discover my own words.  I began to write, and I found fulfillment in the expression of my heart. And certainly words are often meaningless unless they are accompanied by…

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Dec
06

Revisiting Christmas

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 It began in a stable…

 The smell of hay and animals filled the air.

 

Mary, just a young girl, must have been afraid.

Miles from home

Away from mom and dad

Birthing a child

In front a man she had not been intimate with yet

 

Joseph, himself a young man,

 In all likelihood his first time to help birth a child

Wondering how to take care of this woman and this child

The responsibility of raising the child of God

 

What was it like to hold this baby?

Scary, overwhelming, confusing

The emotions of being chosen as a part of this purpose of God-

Not all pleasant emotions

 

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