Same House, Different Address

December 17, 2007 at 10:50 am

“What do I have to give to You?”

I love that line from a Christmas Carol.  I don’t even know the name of the song.  Wow, what if I were to ask each day, “What do I have to give to You today, Lord Jesus?” 

Volunteering at School:  Today, I got to stay in Flash’s room for a while.  I measured and weighed all the kids.  Some weighed more than me…first graders!  Wow.  It was a joy to stay and be part.  I was actually looking for a lost coat, but I usually get lasso-ed for service when I’m in the building, and I never mind.  It’s always such fun.  I think, “This is why I chose to stay home” every time my schedule lets me stay.  We got caught up at home yesterday some, so it was a joy to be near. 

Kid’s Cold Med Patrol:  I realized I’d forgotten allergy meds for the kids and have decided to just keep a bottle of purple Dimetapp in the van for such occasions.  The kids, when they walk into the dry building, seem to immediately need it on Monday morning in particular.  New smells and humility and pollutants, no doubt.  I highly recommend children’s purple Dimetapp for kids, it has both decongestant and antihistimine in it, so the “wired up” and “sluggish” qualities are balanced out…they seem level on it.  I give them a break on the weekend if they don’t need it, just to flush their system.  They needed it this weekend!  They’ve gottent to where they remind me when they can’t breath, and that’s a HUGE help to me.  Ah, the joys of the kid’s getting a BIT older.

Christmas Cards:  This weekend, I worked on out of town Christmas cards.  First, let me say, if you are local and I didn’t get you a card through the church exchange, it was either an oversite, or the list just got very large and I had to stop somewhere.  I tried to get my Sunday School class, elderly, and new members.  Next year, I’ll try to add the deacon list, but I didn’t have that handy.  I caught a few of you perusing through the directory, but not all.  At this point, I’m asking myself: “Oops, did I get them?  Or them?  Hmmm, I don’t know!”  I think I’m sending some cards twice doing that.  This has been the first year in a few years I’ve not be sick through these months and have tackled cards, so I don’t have a good flow chart.  It was fun.  I enjoyed it.  I missed some people.  And I’m okay with that at this point.  I hope you are, too!  🙂

Spiritual Insight while Doing My Cards:  Two years ago, I was addressing a card to a relative –it’s always been delivered fine, then all of a sudden “RETURNED TO SENDER”.  WHAT?!  They hadn’t MOVED!  They are in the same house, some lot, same spot on the same road.

I asked around, seems there has been so much development AROUND them that their address had to be changed!  That could be seen as a bad thing. 

But, it can also be a good thing when you think about it in spiritual terms:   

When Satan comes looking for us, sending usme his trash mail, it won’t get to us anymore, sometimes, even when WE haven’t moved!  We throw things off when we as a body are built up.  The changes in the neighborhood change ALL of our addresses!  We throw him off!  Wow!  That just makes me want to shout!

Let’s keep building up the neighborhood!





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