Sunday, December 18, 2011

{Monday} Moments: My Gift List



I was standing in the shower,
 eyes closed, hot water
cascading over my head,
down my shoulders and
beyond to the drain.

Something I carelessly
take for granted each
day, now suddenly 
in focus.



What a gift, I thought,
to turn a handle and have
this luxury, when others
in the world still have to
go to a well or a river
and carry their water home.

As I lathered the shampoo,
I pondered other gifts
that I had received on this
chilly morning.  My first 
gift of the day.



I'd awoken, sleepy in 
the pre-dawn, to attend 
a spin class.

Gift two:  great health, 
something to be thankful
for each and every day,
but seldom lauded until
it ducks and hides.



Back from class, I'd packed
lunches for my two kids.
As I spread peanut butter
and jelly, I smiled.

I was making lunches for
my healthy and happy
children that, at one time,
I was told were unlikely
to ever be conceived.

And I had two.



Gifts three and four.

While I was powering
through exercise class, 
my mama, visiting for
Christmas, was already
up and baking, and the
sweet smell of delicious
cookies greeted me as
I stepped through the
garage door.



And it occurred to me
that 100 years ago it
was doubtful that a
relative would travel
1500 miles for Christmas.
The ease of transportation
in modern times means
that we can hold loved
ones close, more often.

Gift number five.



Checking my e-mail, I
noticed a sweet comment
that a reader from Norway
had left for me earlier.  A 
new, lovely friend from 
across the globe.  

Gift number six.



Shower turned off and
embraced in my terry robe, I
considered all these gifts.

And it was only 8AM.

The rest of the day lay
ahead like an endless roll
of beautiful wrapping paper,
waiting to be filled with
more gifts, if I just slowed
down enough to 
receive
them.


I did.



Sweet tangerines from
Florida, nestled in a bowl
in this Midwest home, far
from the groves where
they were grown.

A text sent from a 
dear friend.

Electricity when the 
sun went down.  



A good laugh with 
my husband.

Precious gifts, 
each one.

My wish for all of you
in 2012 is a heart that
is open to receive all the 
gifts that are there, in your
own lives, every single day.

You certainly have been
beautiful ones, for me.



Merry Christmas 
with love,

xx
Suzanne

PS: Please link up your
own special moments, 
below, or leave me a
comment about them.
I'd consider it a very
special gift : )





Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Meeting Angels



Remember when
Linus read passages
8-14 of the second
chapter of the Gospel of
Luke in the animated
film Charlie Brown's
Christmas?

Everyone stopped
dancing and acting
crazy and a peace
descended over the
crowded gymnasium
stage.



I've always loved
those verses.

The little child in me
has contemplated the 
idea of meeting one
angel, let alone 
a great company of
the heavenly host,
as long as I can
remember.




Ethereal, larger-than
life, glowing and
winged, beautiful
beings.

It wasn't until I was
older that I understood
the phrase angels
among us.



It happens when you are
lead to someone you
would not 
usually have met,
at the exact time and
place that you need
them the most.

And that someone 
touches your life in
a profound way.



Angels among us.

The word angel has
its foundation in the
Greek and Hebrew words
 for messenger.
They are considered
to be God's instruments
or ministering spirits.



The term has been
expanded across many
religions to mean a
spiritual being.

In addition to serving 
as messengers, angels are
thought to protect, guide and
 carry out God's tasks.



Angelology is the
theological study of
angels.  Although in
art seraphim and cherubim
are depicted with wings,
there is no mention of
wings in the Bible.  

Most often, when angels
appear in the Bible, it
is in the form of a man.



In my own life, angels
have taken the form of

hair dressers
concerned friends 
bus drivers
care givers
policemen 
relatives
animals
and more.

The common link?
They provided guidance
or were an answer to
a prayer.



Have you been touched
by
an
angel?

I'll put the kettle on,
light the fire and plump
up the pillows.  I'd
love to hear your story.

xx
Suzanne

PS:  See you Monday
for the last 
Monday Moments
of 2011.



And there were shepherds living
out in the fields nearby, keeping
watch over their flocks by night.
An angel of the Lord appeared to them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around
them, and they were terrified.  But the
angel said to them, Do not be afraid.  I
bring you good news that will cause
great joy for all the people.  Today in the
town of David a Savior has been born to
you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will
be a sign to you:  You will find a baby 
wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly
host appeared with the angel, praising God
and saying

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth
peace to those on whom his favor rests.

~ Luke, 2: 8-14


Sunday, December 11, 2011

{Monday} Moments: A Different Path

Christmas
doesn't come
to you,
but
through you.

~ Reverend John Ross





source:  Suzanne W. via Pinterest

Ever have one of
those Christmas
seasons where you
just weren't feeling
it?

I think it happens to
most of us at some
time or another.
{It did to me, 
last year.}

You can't catch the 
spirit, no matter what 
you try.


source:  Suzanne W. via Pinterest

Our minister spoke
to this subject on Sunday,
advising us to find ways
to bring the soul of
Christmas to life through
service to others.

It doesn't require grand
gestures.  Just reaching
out, in small ways, can
bring a little Christmas 
into someone's life.


source:  Suzanne W. via Pinterest

Surprise your child's
bus driver with a plate
of homemade cookies.

Drop some coins in
every Salvation Army
Kettle you see.  Or better
yet, sign up to ring the
bell for an hour or two.


source:  Suzanne W. via Pinterest

Take someone out to
shop who has difficulty
getting around on their own.

Give a child a gift
through Toys for Tots
or the Angel Trees that
dot many offices and
malls this time of year.


source:  Suzanne W. via Pinterest

Let the harried person
behind you in the grocery
store go ahead of you.

{With a smile.}

In last week's mail I
was delighted to find an
unexpected package
from a dear friend.


source:  Suzanne W. via Pinterest

Inside, the book
25 Days, 26 Ways to
Make This Your Best
Christmas Ever
was nestled with a
card.  My pal said it
had been a wonderful
guide for her last year
and she thought I'd
love a copy of my own.

She was right.


source:  Suzanne W. via Pinterest

Through her kindness,
I was beginning to
receive Christmas, too.

Taking a quiet few
minutes each day to
soak in the wisdom of
this little gem has helped
me to gently refocus my
lens away from all of the
hoopla that surrounds
this season to the pure
heart of it all.

Bringing Christmas
through me, not to me.


source:  Suzanne W. via Pinterest

I am certain that many of
you reading this have
tapped this secret a long
time ago.

You don't wait for the
spirit of Christmas to find
you.  Instead, you find it
by reaching out to others.

And that makes all 
of the difference.


source:  Suzanne W. via Pinterest

So go forth this week
and spread kindness and
cheer wherever you can.

Christmas magic
is sure
to follow.

xx
Suzanne

Start spreading that cheer
right here, by linking up
your own merry, informative,
crafty, delicious or pretty
post, below.  Or, leave a
comment sharing your own
special moments over the
last weekend or week.