Stump is an Advent blogging project of Claremont Presbyterian Church. It’s 30 days of posts exloring the symbolism of The Jesse Tree by members of the CPC family far and wide.
I like the Jesse Tree prompt as it refers to Jesus’ family and because our six-year-old great-grandson is named Jesse. I thank God every day for my family, which has always included our pets.
Recently, Jesse walked into the house and stooped down to hug our dog, Missy. I said, “She missed her friend.”
He replied, “She’s not my friend.”
Surprised, I said, “She’s not?”
He explained, “She’s family. I call it family.” Out of the mouths of babes.
Along that same line, we once were praised for going out of our way to help loved ones. Someone said that we must be saints. After I stopped laughing, I said, “No, we’re not saints. We’re family.”
We are beginning that special time of year when our thoughts turn from problems and challenges to thinking about those we care about and how we can make it a special, happy time. We pull out traditional recipes, decorate our homes, and plan get-togethers. It reminds us that all that is truly important in our lives is love.
I pray that everyone’s minds and hearts are filled with the light of God’s love during this blessed season.
Libby Grandy lives in Claremont, California with her husband, Fred. They have two daughters, three granddaughters and three great-grandchildren. Libby’s novels, Desert Soliloquy, a mystery, and Promises to Keep, Book One of the Haverford Trilogy, are available on Amazon. Lydia, Book Two of the trilogy will be published in December 2014.