My Christmas List of Blessings

My Christmas List is more
than just a way to keep track of
The special people God has brought
into my life to love.

It’s like a treasured scrapbook
filled with pleasant memories
Of all the times God’s answered prayer
through friends and family.

Every name’s a touchstone
that leads to a place and time,
Where God has used another’s heart
to reach out and touch mine.

It may have happened years ago
or even yesterday,
But every person on my list
has changed my life in some way.

Through simple conversation,
a warm hug or a shared meal,
Every person on my list
has helped me grow or heal,
Or laugh or love or learn or smile…
the blessings never end

As God allows our paths to cross
as family and friends.
So please know that this greeting
is more than a Christmas wish.
It’s a “thank you” card to God
for putting on my list

Each and every one whose name
I’ve come to hold so dear…
Those who’ve shown me Christmas joy
each day of the year.

By Vicki J. Kuyper

Published by marciedoll

I have enjoyed working for over 20 years in the education and publishing spaces creating accessible learning environments for all students. My teaching experiences led me into supporting schools in need of improvement and creating and delivering professional development to teachers and leaders. And then I moved into selling educational materials, programs, technology, and services. Most recently, I have been developing content for innovative learning programs in K-12 and museum spaces. For the past 17 years serving on the board of the Collegiate Corporation, I have led initiatives in women's leadership, stewardship, development, virtual strategy, and educational programs for youth and families. Outside of the learning and non-profit spaces, I enjoy blogging about faith and inspiring women. I have a passion for travel, where you might find me exploring national parks, museums, and finding the best local restaurant to eat. I capture my adventures digitally with my camera. My photography has appeared in exhibitions throughout Europe and Australia in 2019 and 2020, on television in the United States, and was chosen from over 100,000 entries to appear in a well-known photography magazine.

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