Saturday, November 19, 2011

in which i am more than paper

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i helped my mom put out the family Christmas cards today.

i spent my afternoon standing at the kitchen island in the home where i grew up, stamping envelopes and adding address labels to what seemed to be a never-ending pile of cards.

and it got me to thinking about Christmas and letters and packages tied with paper and string.

it's strange for me to realize that the beautifully wrapped gifts, which are carefully assembled by those we love, will soon be transformed into empty boxes and crumpled piles of wrapping paper.

is it strange that i find God in this?

you don't have a soul. you are a soul. you have a body. 
~c.s. lewis

the packages are beautiful as they sit below the tree, their colours flickering in the lights like a strange sort of decoration. and i can't help but feel the same as my eyes dance in childlike wonder and i realize that those packages are just like me.

i'm more than brown paper and string.  

i'm more than what i'm wrapped in -- more than this body in which i find myself a resident for this brief time.
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because you don't just hold the package in your lap and gaze at the paper. it's an insult to the giver.

so why would i stand in the mirror and gaze at my flaws as though they are worth something?

it's an insult to the Giver. 

as Lewis said, i have a body. this external garment i wear for now.

but oh, so much more.

because one day -- one new morning, fresh like Christmas to a child, i will stand shining in glory at the side of the One who breathed me.

because i am more.

i am a soul. 


  1. i love how you find god in everything. beautiful :)

  2. I adore this analogy. It is powerful and touched my heart so. I am more than paper. What a thought. In my innermost soul... I am. He is.

  3. It's not strange that you find God in beautiful packages. . .it's strange I've never seen Him there before.

  4. This gives a whole new look at brown paper packages tied up with strings...these are a few of my favorite things. :)

  5. This was beautiful. I loved the packages: so rustic and simple. But I loved your analogy even more. I want to be a beautifully wrapped soul.

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  7. and i look to the day that the "package" will be restored to its completeness. . . flaws gone, defects healed, holes filled to overflowing with Him. only Him. what a day that will be!
    thanks for finding the beautiful in the ordinary.

  8. Fresh and relevant for women--we need to know this down deep.


I look at you and see all the ways a soul can bruise, and I wish I could sink my hands into your flesh and light lanterns along your spine so you know there's nothing but light when I see you. :: Shinji Moon