Monday, December 5, 2011

One Thousand Gifts

61. Telephone wire shadows looping lazily down the road.

62. That she gives names to the crows and makes up fanciful stories about them.

63. His tender heart.

64. Dust bunnies.

65. The rhythmic, rumbling purr of my cat.

66. That she so willingly shares with others.

67. Sisterhood in Christ.

68. The lavish love of my Father in heaven.

69. Surprise snow!

70. Crystalline snow resting on fire-colored leaves.

71. The sound of melting snow.

72. My husband, "Bug Slayer Extraordinaire."

73. Quotes that inspire.

74. A good night's sleep.

75. Safe flights.


  1. Hi Julie,

    These are all very delightful, but here are my favorites of this group: I love your #62 because I think it must be about Noelle, and I can just imagine the enjoyable stories she'd come up with! I love #63 because I think it is about Nathan. The phrase "tender heart" was a dead-give-away clue.

    Your #70 is the most colorful one. It has so
    much "built-in-flexibility" that it could be used as a description of at least a thousand different scenes and still be accurate. And your #71 is the most fascinating. I am still contemplating the essence of just what melting snow sounds like! But in pondering the idea, I couldn't help but remember that Eskimos use many different words for different kinds of snow. Also in Job 38:22, while God was speaking to Job out of the whirlwind, one of the questions He asked Job was, "Have you entered into the treasures of the snow?" I think your #69 and #70 (and #71 as well) must certainly be examples of "treasures of the snow", but there must be at least a thousand more, even besides the miracle of renewal of the water cycle. It would have been most humbling, wouldn't it, to have been asked by God, "Have you entered into the treasures of the snow?"

    Finally, I thought I'd try my hand at writing a few gifts, too, and here's what I came up with. Let me start my first one by continuing your snow theme:

    1. A park landscape resplendent under fresh snow and cold December sun.

    2. A tiny baby's warm, quick breaths against my neck.

    3. Brilliant red poinsettia plants arrayed beside the pulpit.

    4. Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" as rendered by robed choir and orchestra.

    5. The aroma of spiced apple cider wafting through the room.

    6. A pithy proverb written in elegant calligraphy.

    7. A child's delight in a stack of Dr. Zeuss books.

    8. My husband's soft touch that speaks volumes.

    9. An intimate conversation with a faithful friend.

    10. A row of flowering pear trees standing like sentinels along a country road.

    Until next time,
    Love, Mom

  2. Hi Mom,

    I love your list! I have found that ever since I started keeping a list, it has changed how I view my days. I anticipate where and when the next one will appear! You are right on all of your guesses. Who knew that crows have family reunions and baby showers?!?!? :)