when you notice and are grateful on Christmas Day because it seems as though you're hemmed in to life...that these people that have gone before you and who walk along side you are people of faith with joy and hope and laughter and who thank god outright and celebrate Jesus with all assurance that he came as our rescuer.

when you notice and have peace driving home on Christmas Day in the middle of the intense deluge of a storm that there are cars driving cautiously in front of you and cars behind you and it seems as though you're hemmed in to safety.

let love and faithfulness never leave you. bind them around your neck write them on the tablet of your heart