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The Gift of a Wonderful Life

It’s a weary world, isn’t it? Often woeful, sometimes wacky, and perhaps, we ponder, worthless. But not to dishearten you! It’s a wonderful world too, which is why every Christmas Eve I give myself the lovely gift of watching the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Because, in spite of everything, life itself comes to us…

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The Story Inside the Story

My two granddaughters were charmed by the quirky set of Russian dolls I put in their Christmas stockings when they visited Chile in December. Someday I’ll share with them the stories inside the story here. As did—surprisingly—a recent guest speaker at our church when he used a set of these dolls as an object lesson….