Thursday, December 22, 2011

12 Days of Christmas day 10



Enjoy these Christmas "Pearls of Wisdom" from some of today's most beloved
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Simple or Sparkle?
by Tracey Eyster

It’s a simple ornament made of thin cheap metal and it looks quite out of place
on our CHRISTmas tree. But each year I lovingly and safely nestle it amongst
its expensive and sparkly peers, without a care as to how unglamorous it
appears.

Many of our CHRISTmas ornaments have a story and an uncanny way of
welling up emotion in me, but this certain one causes an intense stir.

You see the ornament is engraved with the name of my grandmother, Sara,
and was given to me by my mother, who ordered it from Hospice, after
Grandmama’s death. Yes, the months leading up to her death carry memories
of a frail and failing grandmama, but that ornament carries my thoughts to
sweet CHRISTmas memories of the past.

CHRISTmas Eve dinners in her home, laughing, singing, gathering and
celebrating a year filled with blessings as we remembered the birth of our
Savior. CHRISTmas mornings, she was always there participating with glee,
in our raucous CHRISTmas happiness. Her gifts were always bank envelopes
gently tucked into the pine needles of our CHRISTmas tree, fresh cut from the
property she grew up on.

All memories of my Grandmama make my heart swell. You see she was my
Jesus with skin on. She lived her life full of joy, serving others and approached
life selflessly with an attitude of, “What can I do for you?”

Just months before she left us, even as the Alzheimer’s was robbing her mind
she shared her love of Jesus with a sweet little old lady friend, who came to
know the Lord – a divine appointment. The very next day that little old lady
silently slipped away to meet in person the One Sara introduced her to just the
day before.

At the time I wept, realizing that regardless of our own frailties and failings,
God can still use those of us who are willing to do His work and are well
practiced at hearing His voice...no matter our lack of sparkle in comparison to
others.

A simple life lived for Him, a simple ornament in memory of Sara...a simple
truth for you to ponder.

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Tracey Eyster wife, mom, relationship gatherer and Creator/Editor of
FamilyLife’s MomLife Today is a media savvy mom making a difference
where moms are, on-line. Through speaking, writing and video interviews
Tracey is passionate about encouraging, equipping and advising moms on
every facet of momlife. Her first book, Be The Mom will be released August
2012. You can connect with Tracey at www.momlifetoday.com, her personal
site www.traceyster.com or www.twitter/momblog.com.

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