What does surprise really mean? Thinking about it, I know that I’ve enjoyed a “surprise” from when I was very young. Thinking about it further, I suddenly realized that in some ways the words change and surprise are not all that different. One merely has come to receive a more positive response and the other a more negative one, not unlike weeds versus wild flowers. An odd bit of greenery grew in my yard not long after I moved here. I nearly sprayed it with weed killer. I’m glad I didn’t because this beauty surprised me one morning soon after I considered spraying:
Changes . . . surprises . . . weeds . . . wild flowers . . . when we approach life with an open heart, the surprise, the greatest surprise of all, is the joy which erupts from deep within the soul! This is a season for the celebration of the greatest surprise of all. The birth of a baby who was also a King. He came to earth to suffer for our redemption. Wow, think of being a peasant girl asked to give Him birth! As your rip the paper and bows from packages this coming week, consider the real surprise and joy the day celebrates!
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