“You can say ‘no,’” he said softly, in a whisper, so our son would not hear.
Immediately, my guard went up. It was Christmas time, so my planner was bulging its squares with lists of things to buy and to wrap and to bake. What was my husband going to propose that required this ominous-sounding, front-loaded disclaimer?
Well, it turns out that there was this puppy . . .
A St. Bernard puppy – the dream puppy of my youngest son’s heart.
Could I really say ‘no’?
Well, sure, I could have, but how much cuteness would I have missed at the sight of a small boy’s head resting on a big dog’s sprawled body? How much joy and laughter would have been absent each Christmas without Tucker’s howling descant that floats atop our family’s singing of seasonal carols?
It seems to me that many of life’s loveliest gifts come to us with a built-in refusal clause. I’ve identified three gifts God extends to those who are growing up in Christ, and I’m writing about them today over at Living By Design.
Of course, you can say no… but I hope you will trust for grace to unwrap each one in this Season of Yes!
Every blessing to Christmas to you!
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