December 20, 2012 10:00 AM

Advent blessings

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When I was very sick in 2008-2009 and we lost all,  we learned firsthand how generous people could be.  It was the first time we had ever really been on the receiving end and for all of us it was very humbling to know that God loved us so much that He would put it on people's hearts to help us...  Since Barbara died the outpouring of love, concern, kindnesses, meals, and gifts has been a continuous bubbling spring of charity in the midst of our mourning.  God has known what we needed and provided it through his loving people.
Last week before the third Sunday of Advent an anonymous act of charity happened that has personified people's love and brought the joy you see to two of my granddaughters above.  I was out working and Matt was watching the Boyz until I could get home.  When I came home he told me that an attractive young woman had come by and asked him if he was Tripp.  He said no, to which she replied, "I'm supposed to leave this here for him." There was a letter enclosed with a large bag of wrapped packages.  The letter said:
                             The Twelve Days of Christmas
Knowing that you have a huge hole in your hearts this Christmas, we would like to share the holidays with you this year.
Enclosed you will find twelve gifts, one for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas-beginning on December 14th.  Each gift is labeled as to the day it is to be opened---no cheating!
Although these tokens can in no way heal your hearts, they can serve to remind you of our God, who can.  The coming year will hold reminders of your loss, tears, and pain.  But God, whose Holy Spirit is called the Comforter, will walk with you through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, and when you are overwhelmed, He will carry you.  Rest in His capable arms of love.
"For I know the plans that I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans for your welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope."   Jeremiah 29:11

Each day since we have eagerly opened the gifts....certainly not tokens.....but well thought out gifts of love, like all the others we have received.   Though our hearts and spirits are still deeply grieved, I don't know where we would be without the love and support we have received from all of you.  Truly we see the face of our loving God in each and every act. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
In His grip,
Papa Tripp


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There really is beauty in the world.

Posted by: Lisa G. | December 20, 2012 1:38 PM

An anonymous friend gave me and my sons a 12 Days of Christmas box last year, knowing we were having a difficult holiday season. I pray that yours blesses you as much as ours did us. As your giver said, it can't mend the hole in your hearts or heal your pain, but it can provide a daily reminder that your family is loved.

Merry Christmas! I continue to pray for your family.

Posted by: Jeanette | December 20, 2012 7:21 PM

Your family has been on my heart. What a precious gift--how thoughtful. I'm glad you have people close by who are touching your lives in this way.

Posted by: JoanP | December 21, 2012 9:21 PM

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