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Message In A Grocery Cart

Yesterday I was at the grocery store getting the ingredients for the cherry cheesecake tarts and the pumpkin chiffon pie.

As I put the groceries in my car, I noticed a 4 x 6 index card in the bottom of the shopping cart.  This was the message:

“Merry Christmas! May love, peace and abundance be yours this Christmas and in the New Year.”

What a lovely way to be like Ralph Waldo Emerson and “Scatter Joy” through out the holiday season. Most people would assume it was a grocery list left by the previous shopper. When they pick up the card to throw it away, they find the message.

The cards could be tied to balloons, left on windshields, or left behind on a table in the mall’s food court. There are so many ways this message could be scattered around town.  One never knows the impact a little gesture could have on a person.

Who knows how many people saw that card yesterday.  Hopefully it brought some comfort and joy to them. I know other people saw the card, because I left it in the grocery cart.

I was not about to hog that message all for myself.

Speechless

It’s Friday which means another video.

May this video from Steven Curtis Chapman speak to you as it did me.  Thank you to Sarah blogger at “The Noontimes | Faith Reflections” for sharing this video on December 5th.

May you realize how much God loves you, and may you be so overwhelmed by it that you are speechless. You can find the lyrics below the video.

Speechless
Songwriters: JOHNSON, TAALIB / JONES, KYLE
Words fall like drops of rain
My lips are like clouds
I say so many things
Trying to figure you out
But as mercy opens my eyes
My words are stolen away
With this breathtaking view of your graceAnd I am speechless I’m astonished and amazed
I am silenced by your wondrous grace
You have saved me
You have raised me from the grave
And I am speechless in your presence now
I’m astounded as I consider how
You have shown us
A love that leaves us speechlessSo what kind of love could this be
That would trade heaven’s throne for a cross
And to think you still celebrate
Over finding just one who was lost
And to know you rejoice over us
The God of this whole universe
It’s a story that’s too great for words

Oh how great is the love
The father has lavished upon us
That we should be called
The sons and the daughters of god

We are speechless so amazed
We stand in awe of your grace
We stand in awe of your mercy
You have saved us
We stand in awe of your love
From the grave
We are speechless

We are speechless in your presence now
We stand in awe of your cross
We’re astounded as we consider how
We stand in awe of your power
You have shown us
A love that leaves us speechless
We are speechless

I am speechless

“Christmas Is A Necessity”

Christmas is a necessity.  There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.  

Eric Sevareid

Yes, what joy it is to be here to help other people.

Whether it is sharing an excerpt from my friend Gabriana’s book, or helping at church by setting up cookies, donuts and hot chocolate for the people who went out caroling.  It is a pleasure to make an impact, even in a small way, in other people’s lives.

So go help someone this Christmas.  It is a great way to help heal from grief or the season’s chaos.

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