Ministry Of A Teddy Bear

A teddy bear is not just a teddy bear.

Let me explain.

The family we most regretted leaving when we moved from Snoqualmie, Washington to Leander, Texas, is the Tegeler Family. Jim and Cicely and their three adorable kids…they are great. I remember a day when ailing and I needed to be rushed to the ER. The Tegeler kids were really upset. I didn’t know that. Turns out all ended well…but the next night a tap on the door…and there they were…three of the most beautiful kids in the world…they each had crafted a personal get-well card. Enzo the elder brother even gave me his version of a fishing rod and reel—that included a thread spool and some yarn and a popsicle stick. I still have it on my home office desk.

Today in her Facebook Cicely said she was collecting stuffed animals to be gifted to the Snoqualmie Police Department who will make them available to children whose needs are not academic.

Diane made a decision…with which I’m in the fullest of agreement: send Cicely and Jim and the kids a stuffed animal they can include in the gifting to others. To make good on that Diane held up the stuffed bear that has been “her stuffed teddy bear” for over 50 years. It means the world to her. Yet. She thought the gift would have special meaning for her to share such a valued “friend” with another child.

The gulp was evident…but the joy of gifting more evident. And then. Diane shared a video clip about gifting…and what it can mean. I now share, “Mary Did You Know?…so that each of us considers how gifting can have its greatest value. Maybe more than ever.

Christmas is about the gifting of love…from God through Mary to Jesus to and through us. May we know such love…and share it with others. To help convey that, take a moment to yourself…and consider your own value and the ways in which your life can bring benefit to others. Listen to the beautiful voice of another who shares, “Mary Did You Know?” in the most creative manner imaginable. Peter Hollen has one voice and yet many voices. May it be of value to us…and know how teddy bears make for gifting…no less than our own word and deed, faith and act.

Blessings and goodness to each of us…and to those for whom blessings and goodness always seem like strangers.

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About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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