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We’re sitting across from each other, cradling a Kurtz Orchard coffee mug, looking out across the lake. The weak winter sun struggling to warm the ice.

“I just want to tell you my stories”

I shift, trying to get uncomfortable, a hopeless task on these wooden dining room chairs.

“Life is just a moment, when you look at it with the big picture” Grandma pauses, starts to spell out on the table in front of her. “S. T. O…” “Stories?” “Yes, stories. They are important–they just keep coming back to me. Stories about my lover”

This name, Lover, not a name I am accustomed to hearing my Grandfather called. But since his passing, she has taken to call him, ‘My Lover’ instead of the familiar ‘Dad’ I had grown up hearing. She misses him. She misses her Lover.

“He would write me every day–no every other day while he was in the Service” *Pause* “But I destroyed those letter–He should never have to relive those memories–the men would be screaming in pain, the throng of wounded being lifted off the airplanes. Everything was g0-go-go all the time. Those things must have affected Dad.”

I nod in agreement, I can only imagine the emotional scars of being a medical tech during war time.

“When he had one week leave to come home, that’s when we decided” “Decided what?” “To be lovers”

She pauses, searching for the right words. “He told me that he was going into the ministry and if I couldn’t handle being a preacher’s wife–well I better tell him now so we could break it off”

She looks at me with an astonished face, an expression she does so well. “What do you think of that?”

“Well I think you made the right choice.”

“Well I certainly hope so” She laughs, fiddles with the coffee mug, lost in her own reflection. She misses him. She misses her “Lover”

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Christmas Time is Near

I personally love Christmas! Since I was a little girl our family has celebrated differently every year. We always joke that it’s the family tradition to do something different. All of our holidays are celebrated this way. Holidays include such great memories such as seeing the Nutcracker with my family, traveling by train to see my Grandparents, snowmobiling, cookies, parties, and tons of laughter. I have been so blessed to have such happy Holiday memories! What are some of your favorite Christmas or Holiday Traditions? (maybe we’ll try them next year!)

(I’m sure they love that I used this delightful picture of them!)

The older I get the more thankful I am for my parents. They have been such great Christ-like examples for hospitality and generosity during the Holidays. I was also shown compassionate spirits for those who are hurting during the holiday season. With the commotion of the Holidays it is easy to overlook those who are hurting, those who are in need of a friend, and those for whom the Holiday time brings only pain and misery. As this will be the first holiday without my Grandfather I have been given a small glance into what some people suffer with the loss of loved ones. Pray for those who are hurting-seek for ways to encourage them and make this Holiday season a little brighter.

*James1:27 ~Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Christ in his ministry here on the Earth ministered to the hurting and the wounded. Who can you minister to for Christmas? Are you ministering to someone this Holiday season?  Who can you encourage this Holiday Season?

~Delburn Kurtz~ Reading the Christmas Story to the family before opening presents. Grandpa K. you are loved and you are missed! But I know you will have an amazing Christmas celebrating with your parents and siblings and being in the presence of God himself!

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