For the birthday present of birth…

What other man noticed how much our own birthday and Christmas have in common? None other than the birthday man himself. Born May 29, 1874. Happy 142nd Birthday, Gilbert! Praising God for your life and your encouragement to many that lives on. “We thank people for birthday presents of cigars and slippers. Can I thank no one for the birthday present of birth?” – G. K. Chesterton

Reforming the Line

Stocking-Memories

What I remember of Christmas past the most was the smallest of things.  This was my father’s Christmas tradition: oranges, apples and walnuts in the shell in our Christmas stockings.  It was a small but weighty gesture in the toe and it was dismissed as a trifle by we children.  We were more dazzled by the large corporately-produced, enticingly-wrapped packages under the tree and, of course, the appropriately named ‘stocking stuffers’.   And yet, as the years roll swiftly by me, I have forgotten many of those other  gifts …except for an orange, an apple, and three walnuts in the shell.   I think back to my father’s  tradition every Christmas now when I see the price of nuts and fruit has risen to make those “trifles” seem extravagant, luxurious, wonderful! In ‘The Weight of Glory’, Lewis calls this recognition the longing for paradise and he is right. For the longing has caught up with…

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