Untidy Packages

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I love giving gifts. And I love wrapping them almost as much—not just for the obvious aesthetic appeal, but for the challenge of making each one look different and unique from all of the other gifts under the tree. Have you ever noticed, though, that there’s always at least one gift that doesn’t turn out the way you had hoped?

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Red Ribbons of Hope

 Behold, when we come into the land, you shall tie this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and you shall gather into your house your father and mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household. (Joshua 2:18)

I love everything about Christmas–the sights, the sounds, the smells. I love the lights and decorations, the hustle and bustle of the airports and malls, Christmas music (but only after Thanksgiving), and my mom’s molasses cookies and homemade eggnog. I love that the season seems to bring out the best in people–everyone is just a little more patient, a little more gracious, and smiles linger just a little longer. Continue reading