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Extravagant Giving. Like when the Sinclair’s gave up their precious family time to include us who had no family on Christmas Day,

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Like when Carol and Paula traveled across state to be with me on the day I ran my one and only marathon,

Like when Mary listened to my sobs and then just hugged me without judging,

Like when Jason and Rebekah traveled across the world to claim a little boy as theirs, and make him treasured, priceless, special beyond words,

And they would not want it any other way.

Extravagant Giving. Like when all the neighbors got together and built the foundation of our new house in Willet after a fire destroyed all we ever owned,

https://i1.wp.com/officeimg.vo.msecnd.net/en-us/images/MB900384808.jpgLike when the Angel Tree angels showed up at our home with a Teddy Bear bigger than life and a very red shiny fire truck for our son when there were no gifts under the tree,

And they added some treats for mom and dad too,

And they would not want it any other way.

Extravagant Giving. Like when my husband sold his cherished camera in order to fund a brand new church in the heart of Montreal,

Like when he gave up his life to become one with me,

Like when he goes to work, day in and day out, even when it was four part-time jobs that he disliked very much, because he wanted to provide for us.

Like when I was wrong but he gave up his rights for the sake of peace at home,

And he would not want it any other way.

Extravagant Giving. Like when God allowed us to fund a well in Africa,

Like when I reached out to that smelly old woman who needed to know love, even though I was shaking in my boots,

Like standing over the coffin of my friend’s mom and helping her close the lid, ever so softly,

And I would not have it any other way.

Extravagant Giving. Like when God paid our mortgage off, just like that, with nine dollars to spare.

Extravagant Giving. Like the Father allowing His Son to take on the weight of ugliness upon Himself that we might come to know Him,

that we might learn to give extravagantly. To love extravagantly. Because that’s how He loved. And loves today still,

And He would not want it any other way.

How are we giving extravagantly this Christmas season? 

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp

https://barbsfitu.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/one-thousand-gifts-3dleft3.jpg?w=245#392 Baking Christmas goodies

#391 Welcoming a new member to our family

#390  Anticipating the kids coming home

#389 The first Christmas song of the season 

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