Anyone who spends much time with me will inevitably be drug into a conversation about the book Love Does, by Bob Goff. It's one of my favorite books from the last couple of years, and if pressed, I would have to call it one of my favorites ever.
Bob Goff is someone who believes love is something you do and not something you spend a lot of time trying to define, explain or sell. In his heart, and you feel it in the personal stories he shares throughout his book, he believes the only meaningful application of love is to show it. By the time you finish Love Does, you feel like Bob Goff loves you and would do anything in the world for you. More importantly, you're left with no doubt that's the way everyone who meets him feels, not occasionally, but every time they are in his presence.
Our family has a friend like that. Her name is Beth. At Christmas time I often hear people wish every day could be Christmas. Mainly because of the way people treat each other this time of the year. Well our friend Beth is Christmas every day. She is the Bob Goff in my life I can visit and talk to without picking up a book.
I had coffee with Beth Friday morning and she sent me home with some gifts for the boys. In typical Beth fashion, they weren't gifts from the wallet, although I know they weren't free, but they were gifts from her giant heart. She handed me two bags stuffed with wrapped presents and made sure I knew there was a story that had to be read to the boys as they opened them. It was a story she took time to sit down and write herself. One that demonstrated how much she not only loves the boys, but also how much she cares about making a positive impact on their lives.
Our boys are not special in that regard. Many people, every day, come in contact with Beth and leave with those very same impressions.
I hope you'll take some time to read the story below that Katie read to the boys last night, and check out the pictures of the fabulous gifts. And when your done, maybe you know someone in your life who could use a dream blanket. Or maybe there is something else you can do for them, simply because love does. After all, the baby in the manger didn't leave us with a story to remember, he left us with one to do.
Merry Christmas Beth.