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Dec
26

A Time to Embrace

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To everything there is a season,

A time for every purpose under heaven:

…A time to embrace,

And a time to refrain from embracing;

Ecclesiastes 3

Ever tried to hug someone and felt their refusal to accept your embrace? Perhaps they stiffened up or went limp or distanced themselves and you knew that for whatever reason, they were not okay with your embrace.

It’s not always easy to embrace. Embracing involves risk and implies willing acceptance, whether another person, an idea, a view, yourself, your circumstances, or maybe your history.  Usually our refusal to embrace has more to do with our own selves and our own heart than with whatever or whomever we refuse to embrace.

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Dec
25

Home for Christmas

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I’ll be home for Christmas
You can count on me… 

As I listened to the words to that classic Christmas song, something deep within me was moved. 

I remembered one Christmas almost twenty years ago when my family and I lived away from my childhood Alabama home.  We were going home for Christmas. Then it snowed. And iced. Yet I felt I had to go home for Christmas! I convinced my husband to drive home on the ice and snow in a little car that was certainly not an all-terrain vehicle. We made a three hour trip in six hours and I prevailed. I made it home for Christmas with my husband and two young children.  I might not have been very wise, perhaps, but I was very determined. 

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Dec
15

In Search of Christian Freedom

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The words stopped me in my tracks. “…our values make us vulnerable: freedom, privacy, tolerance and the stubborn American certainty that people born and raised here will not reject the gifts we share.”  The article in the November 23 edition of Time Magazine was about terrorism, but I instantly reflected on the truth of the statement for those who are Christians.

As a follower of Christ, I value freedom.  Christ came to make us free in every sense of the word, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and more. But if we really embrace that freedom, it opens us up in a most vulnerable way. If I am truly free,  I  release others to be free and I resist the temptation to be afraid of their freedom.  I release them to choose. I can let go of any need to control other people whether it be my desire to control their emotions, their responses, or their actions.  And does that ever make me vulnerable!  Yet at the same time, that vulnerability is inherit in the essence of my freedom.

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Dec
10

Me, My Yorkie, and God

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Seven years ago, my daughter, Kara Beth, who was sixteen at the time asked for a Labrador Retriever for Christmas.  Her dad quickly reminded her that we lived in the church parsonage which was right by the church parking lot and that we just couldn’t have a Labrador Retriever.

Kara Beth was so disappointed, but she moved to plan B. “Can I have a Yorkie instead?”  A house dog. Umm. Now my husband and I didn’t really want a house dog, but Eddie agreed to check out Yorkies and see. His research led him to tell our daughter that she could indeed have a Yorkie because they didn’t shed, etc.  But then he found out how much they cost. Ouch.

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Dec
07

In Search of the Perfect Gift

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It’s Christmas time. Time to buy gifts for those I love. So I’ve been thinking about gifts and gift-giving.  I am thinking about those on my  list and wishing to find the perfect gift for them.

As I think back over my years, a few “perfect”  gifts stand out in my mind.  I remember the year my parents gave me a birthstone ring shaped like a heart with the word love on it.

I think of one year when Eddie and I were living in Mississippi. There was a big snow and ice was on the roads, but I so wanted to go home for Christmas. That classic old song Home for Christmas haunted me.  “I’ll be home for Christmas, you can count on me…”   We drove from Mississippi back to north Alabama on a sheet of ice, but I had to be home! Now that was a gift of love from my husband. Needless to say, we were much younger then and maybe not as wise, but I got home for Christmas!

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