advent reflection ~ Day 24

For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.  ~Luke 9:48 

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Every Christmas morning, our family invites two sisters who are disabled to our holiday brunch. The women are in their early fifties, disheveled, and loud. They usually spill hot chocolate on my rugs and burp at our dining room table. But they’ve warmed their way into our hearts. Every year, they buy us presents at the Goodwill store and wrap them with newspaper and masking tape.  (I always get hot pads!)  When they visit our home, we can’t stop smiling.

Over the years, my kids have developed a special fondness for our guests.  “It doesn’t feel like Christmas until they come,” my youngest recently said.

As the birth of Jesus approaches, think about the people who will be sitting around your Christmas table.

Is there someone else to invite?

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Nancy Jo Sullivan

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Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her newest book, Small Mercies, was recently released by Loyola Press. In the book, she writes about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. She reminds the reader that God is present in “every mess, burden, and blessing.” The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She loves hanging out with her daughters, teaching writing classes to kids with special needs, jogging, making spinach smoothies, and of course, writing about her imperfect life.

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