Thursday, December 22, 2005

Strangers Among Us

We had our Christmas on Wednesday, since Amy has surgery today and it was the only day all our kids could be here to grab their loot. It was still perhaps the best Christmas I have experienced in years as we were able to see genuine joy and appreciation from our Gomez family contigent.

They helped remind us all that this is a season of "giving."

Amy and I received one gift which we will especially cherish...a hand-drawn book by Ana,whose art talents are admittedly raw, but pure. Her emotions are genuinely innocent and true. The book needs no further explanation from me.

Although Ana's book was a gift for me and Amy and meant to convey her appreciation, there are a lot people we can thank for helping us provide comfort to the Gomez family. We can also thank Ana, her Mom and brothers for giving us something beyond value...a reminder that when we become so bold as to imagine we know God's think we "see" and "understand" how He is using us...He is, as always, teaching us. is giving that we receive it is in pardoning that we are
pardoned and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.