12 Pearls of Christmas Day 9 ~ With Tracey Eyster

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Simple or Sparkle?

by Tracey Eyster

It’s a simple ornament made of thin cheap metal and it looks quite out of place on our
CHRISTmas tree. But each year I lovingly and safely nestle it amongst its expensive and
sparkly peers, without a care as to how unglamorous it appears.

Many of our CHRISTmas ornaments have a story and an uncanny way of welling up
emotion in me, but this certain one causes an intense stir.

You see the ornament is engraved with the name of my grandmother, Sara, and was given
to me by my mother, who ordered it from Hospice, after Grandmama’s death. Yes, the

months leading up to her death carry memories of a frail and failing grandmama, but that
ornament carries my thoughts to sweet CHRISTmas memories of the past.

CHRISTmas Eve dinners in her home, laughing, singing, gathering and celebrating a year
filled with blessings as we remembered the birth of our Savior. CHRISTmas mornings,
she was always there participating with glee, in our raucous CHRISTmas happiness. Her
gifts were always bank envelopes gently tucked into the pine needles of our CHRISTmas
tree, fresh cut from the property she grew up on.

All memories of my Grandmama make my heart swell. You see she was my
Jesus with skin on. She lived her life full of joy, serving others and approached life
selflessly with an attitude of, “What can I do for you?”

Just months before she left us, even as the Alzheimer’s was robbing her mind she shared
her love of Jesus with a sweet little old lady friend, who came to know the Lord – a
divine appointment.  The very next day that little old lady silently slipped away to
meet in person the One Sara introduced her to just the day before.

At the time I wept, realizing that regardless of our own frailties and failings, God can
still use those of us who are willing to do His work and are well practiced at hearing His
voice...no matter our lack of sparkle in comparison to others.

A simple life lived for Him, a simple ornament in memory of Sara...a simple truth for you
to ponder.

Tracey Eyster wife,
mom, relationship gatherer and Creator/Editor of FamilyLife’s MomLife Today is a
media savvy mom making a difference where moms are, on-line. Through speaking,
writing and video interviews Tracey is passionate about encouraging, equipping and
advising moms on every facet of momlife. Her first book, Be The Mom will be released
August 2012. You can connect with Tracey at www.momlifetoday.com, her personal
site www.traceyster.com or www.twitter/momblog.com

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