Monday, December 23, 2013

1,000 Gifts

"…you aren't equipped for life until you realize you aren't equipped for life. You aren't equipped for life until you're in need of grace. In the moment of realizing your limitations, your short-comings, your inescapable sins, all that you aren't - in that moment of surrendered lack, you're given the gift you'd receive no other way: the gracious hand of an unlimited God…"

1946. Playing the Hallelujah chorus
1947. Trimming the tree
1948. Advent
1949. "When we could not reach Heaven, Heaven came to us"
1950. Stepping outside into a great big snow globe
1951. The Christmas tree glowing cheerfully in the corner
1952. Christmas music - I'm convinced it makes any task ten times better
1953. A table full of ribbons, bows, and paper
1954. Wrapping up surprises
1955. Presents under the tree
1956. Recounting the year that was
1957. A quiet house to write in
1958. Watching the sun set through my rear view mirror
1959. It's a Wonderful Life radio theater program
1960. A walk through the lit up streets of downtown St. Paul
1961. A cup of hot cocoa to warm cold hands
1962. Lunch with mom at Chick-fil-A
1963. Annual Outings
1964. Ice skating outside at Rice Park
1965. Dinner at Mickey's Diner
1966. A visit to Candy Land...we were literally like kids in a candy shop :)
1967. Listening to the new podcast
1968. Our little Bethlehem village all lit up
1969. A chat with Leah
1970. Emmanuel - God with us

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