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The Gift of Love

In 4LTR WORD: GIFT by Nancy Caldwell

“You ask me what I want. You ask me what I need. It’s nothing you can buy, My heart’s not ruled by greed. I don’t love a diamond. Diamonds you see through. I want you to hold me, I want …

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All I Want for Christmas is You, Baby

In 4LTR WORD: GIFT by Jonathan Williams

Mariah Carey changed my life. Well, Mariah Carey’s timeless classic, All I want for Christmas is You, changed my life. It was Christmas time when my wife and I decided we wanted to start having kids. I’m a fair-skinned Scotch …

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The Gift of Courage

In 4LTR WORD: GIFT by Beth Guckenberger

I have lost a parent to cancer, faced a difficult diagnosis for a child, and have lived a decade and a half in a foreign country. Within those storylines, there have been plenty of opportunities to demonstrate courage (or not). …

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The Gift of Good Grief

In 4LTR WORD: GIFT by Chris Marshall

“Pain removes the veil; it plants the flag of truth within the fortress of a rebel soul.” –C.S. Lewis in The Problem of Pain. For me, the Christmas season always stirs up a sense of “good grief.” A couple of …

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The Gift of Ransom

In 4LTR WORD: GIFT, Hensley Pop by Harmony Hensley

“O come, O come Emmanuel. And ransom captive Israel.” It was December 20th, 2010. I had braced myself for the day. A routine I had come to dread. I had a doctor’s appointment at two o’clock for my monthly regimen …

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My Single-Serving Friend

In 4LTR WORD: GIFT by Jason Evans

I was boarding a plane. The flight was full. I was one of those in the last group to be called to board. I took one of the available middle seats and nodded politely with a half smile to the …

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Getting the Perfect Gift

In 4LTR WORD: GIFT by Mark Lutz

The key to a good gift is that it takes into account who the person is and what his or her desires are. I learned this by being on the receiving end of gift giving. It was a painful lesson …