I just want to leave one final thought I have been wanting to share. This year I feel like I heard the lyrics to Little Drummer Boy for the first time. I think I have been distracted by the "pa rum pa pum pum" or something because I LOVE Christmas music and I am pretty sure I have heard the song a thousand times - anyway, I really listened this time and found there is so much meaning behind it if you really listen:
A poor little boy goes to see the baby Jesus, our Lord and Savior. He is humbled by the fact that he has no gift to bring ("I have no gift to bring that's fit to give a King") - and so he gives the only gift he has - the very talent that the Lord has given him. He plays his drum, a gift from the heart, a gift given to him by God...
How powerful this story is - every year we worry about giving the perfect gift or how much we need to spend on this person...and when you think about it, none of that really matters. If you give, give with your heart, give with love.
Even greater than giving is receiving what God has given us - the greatest gift of all, the gift of his son, born in a manger, born so that we might truly live.
May we always remember this is truly what Christmas is about.
So, to all of you - we send our love and prayers for a very, very Merrry Christmas from our family to yours.
Ryan, Heather, Logan, Cody + Cadie