Wednesday, December 24, 2008

and God giggled

A Christmas story. I’m not sure it’s got anything directly to do with Christmas, but it’s a great story.

A few weeks ago our 11 year old suggested that this year the Taylor family not buy a pine Christmas tree. Instead, we dig out and put up the old plastic one that lives in the garage. And that the money we save, we give to people in need.

This provoked a good deal of family discussion and weighing of priorities and deciding who we’d give the saved money to.

That was a week ago. Yesterday, the kids were off with grandparents and Lynne and I were driving down the road. As we drove past the local Anglican church, we see a sign “Free. Please take me” attached to a Christmas tree.

And we look at each other. And giggle in disbelief. And stop and take the tree home. And a real life pine tree now sits in our lounge room.

Not sure it’s got anything directly to do with Christmas, but it’s a great story to be part of. Our kids have just been part of giving, only to see God give back.

Posted by steve at 12:07 PM


  1. Well, I thought Christmas was all about giving – the best gift of all
    The gift of the One who would become our Saviour. But I agree, a great joint family learning experience. May there be great joy around your family tree tomorrow!

    Comment by Maureen — December 24, 2008 @ 3:25 pm

  2. Great story. And the Word became flesh and moved into the neighbourhood… 🙂 Have a great Christmas.

    Comment by Andrew — December 24, 2008 @ 4:04 pm

  3. What goes around comes around fella!

    Have a great Christmas, knowing his grace and peace


    Comment by Jonathan — December 24, 2008 @ 10:07 pm

  4. What a nice lesson for the children to learn

    Comment by jason — December 27, 2008 @ 3:02 am

  5. Thank God for the Anglicans 😉

    Comment by Spanky — January 2, 2009 @ 11:55 pm

  6. yes spanky, that did occur to me. the related thought was that i’ve given a lot of time and resource to the anglicans over last year or so. to be honest, at times i’ve resented jumping on yet another airplane – knowing that energy is being taken from family, church and personal. so it was like God also giggled at me – I’ve given and now the anglicans give back 🙂


    Comment by steve — January 3, 2009 @ 9:38 am

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