The Daily Grace
The Daily Grace

Day 23: Love, everlasting

Dec 29, 2017 | 30 Days of Joy, thirty-days projects | 12 comments

It was December 26th before I noticed it, this little something something about our Christmas tree. No doubt this is because a bit of my attention was drawn to the slew of presents beneath it, the wonder and excitement of the promise held by each and every package.

They were so pretty. There were so many! Finally Christmas morning dawned, and dressed in our matching PJs with Hendel’s Messiah playing in the background, we commenced to opening.

It was joy upon joy upon joy. Something so thoughtful and meaningful from Eliza. A surprise chosen (with no suggestions from me) from Tim. Gifts and treasures from friends and family so perfect we paused between nearly every unwrapping for a photo or a text or a giggle.

And then came breakfast, and roasting the turkey, and an afternoon of straightening up.

our pretty tree, presents and all

By 3 the tree base was bare, and I spent a glorious Christmas night in that very room, sitting by the fire, a new (gifted) novel in my hands. Still it took until the morning of the 26th before I noticed it.

Now I cannot not see it.

Another Christmas miracle, I thought. There all the time, and yet it took the excitement of the day–and the stripping away of the packages and wrappings and ribbons and bows–for me to see it. For this little fir cross to come into my heart and remind me of the larger story: the joy, and the pain, and promise of love, everlasting.


30 Days of Joy


  1. Linda

    “Love came down at Christmas….”

  2. Colleen

    How special indeed. It was noticed by you the spirit of Christmas Joy

    • Cathy

      Joy, joy, joy!

  3. Cheryl

    I love your Spirit eyes!!! ?

    • Cathy

      Ha! So funny how now it’s all I see! Thanks for commenting, Cheryl!

  4. Sharon

    I noticed it on the second picture and thought “how pretty” a stitched cross on the tree skirt!
    I love the sweet gifts from our Savior!

    • Cathy

      How funny! I didn’t think of that 🙂

  5. Kyle

    Love Indeed!

    • Cathy

      Yes, I think so!

  6. Joretta

    Thank you for this 5th Day of Christmas share, Cathy!! Peaceful, loving discovery.

    • Cathy

      Quite a gift of the season! Thanks, Joretta!

  7. Cindy

    Chills upon chills, my friend…thank you for sharing..

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Hi. I’m Cathy.

This is a blog about writing, creative living, and grace in the everyday. It’s my hope this little spot on the internet will be for you a place of quiet and reflection, a source for inspiration, and a reminder there’s beauty all around—we simply need to keep our hearts open to see it. Thank you for being here with me.

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