Wednesday, December 21, 2011

sometimes, it's simple

sometimes helping isn't a big production.
sometimes it's inviting people into your home to be a part of something small.

like decorating sugar cookies

and making cards

not for neighbors, but for those who have no neighbors.
The ones who stand on the street corners,
whose motives are constantly under scrutiny,
the ones holding the signs that say
anything helps

so we made an anything
batches of cookies piled high with icing
and sprinkles
and Christmas cards
handmade, complete with misspellings,
but with etchings such as
we are praying for you

and I know that their Christmas might not be merry,
but I said it anyway
and the three of us in the car delivering,
we looked into their eyes
and we smiled,
offering kindness and a bit of hope...maybe

but their smiles revealed their acceptance
of our offering,
a special treat just because
it's a season that was meant to be about
simple gifts

and my littlest piped up from the backseat
why didn't we bring apples and oranges, too?
and I think, next year, hannah,
next year we will add on a little more love
to our simple gifts

and I smile because it looks like the heart of my daughter
has grown just as big as the smiles
of those who received our cookies
and I think oh,
it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Linking with Emily for Imperfect Prose.


  1. Oh, Jen, nothing more beautiful than teaching children to love, to look need in the eye and meet it rather than uncomfortably look away.

  2. beautiful. this thing of looking in the eye instead of turning away, this thing of love. it's beautiful, dearest jen!

  3. So true.. . more blessed to give than to receive. Such love you are showing your children. Merry Christmas!

  4. Sweet AND inspiring. I want to do this. :)

  5. This is a sweet idea. Teaching children to have an eye for need. I tried to make my Christmas focus outward this year. The rub, one has to do so much in advance, by Christmastime it's a bit hard to remember what you did. Merry Christmas to you.

  6. Yes it's absolutely wonderful when we see a glimpse of the heart of our children! Great project! Patsy from

  7. yay thi sis awesome...and i think it is essential for children to have these kinds of hearts cultivate...great post...i hope you have a very merry christmas!

  8. What fun! And a fabulous Christmas outing!

  9. I like this. And the thought that it will grow, not just in what you are doing with your girls, but perhaps with a few more of us here? Just a thought, and thanks for provoking it!

  10. yes. and this is christmas, friend. i love that you did this with them. xo

  11. What a beautiful idea. I want to have a party like that. I think next year my ladies Bible study will do this. Thanks, friend.

  12. I'm very thankful for you, Jen, and the light you share with everyone. I remember planting little seeds of kindness in my kids, perhaps nothing so bold, but... please know it will go on to bear fruit.

  13. I love that! It truly is more of a blessing to give than to receive. We delivered packages to a family this year, but I love the cookie idea because then my children can have more of a hands on involvement in it. Love that! Next year, packages with a plate of frosted cookies!

    Merry Christmas, Jen. You are a blessing!


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