December 24, 2011

The Gifts, at Christmas: Humility

I came across this writing on a 3 x 5 card. I think I recognize the long hand as my Great Grandmother, Bama with a notation by her daughter and my Grandmother, Gommie. Good words.

Humility

"Humility is perpetual quietness of heart. It is to have no trouble. It is never to be fretted or vexed, irritable or sore; to wonder at nothing that is done to me; to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised it is to have a blessed home in myself where I can go in and shut the door and kneel to my father in secret and be at peace, as in a deep sea of calmness when all around and about is trouble."

the notation:
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hands of God that he may exalt you in due time casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant. I Pet. 5:6-7-8

They were thinking and wrestling with things I care about deeply.
The gift might also be exploration.

December 21, 2011

I still love this guy


I have to say, I love all that this behollied man conjures.
And I love the truth, that Saint Nicholas gave of his fortunes and inspired the dream.
We're days away from the story of his visiting and I can hear my youngest recanting the story that we just need to believe in him.

This year, the spirit of giving has really hit me as I've thought about the gifts I am giving and want to give to my friends and my family. It's been fun and challenging and very freeing.

So maybe the way I believe in Santa, is in the sense of expressing myself to in giving to and for others. However it is, I find myself just a little more grateful and aware of the enjoyment.


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