Look for the Ripples


Last night we watched It’s a Wonderful Life as a family. It was our son’s first time seeing it. When he realized it was in black and white (and not in color) he was a little bummed. He enjoyed the film but he didn’t end up loving the film.

Towards the end of the movie, I could tell he was concerned it was going to end after Clarence the angel granted George Bailey his wish of never being born. Can you imagine if It’s a Wonderful Life had ended that way?  I agree with my son that would have been a horrible ending. And, something tells me had George Bailey gotten his wish of never being born and then the credits rolled, the movie never would have become a holiday classic.

No, George’s life meant something. George’s life was part of a bigger story.  Even though his life hadn’t played out the way he had first hoped and planned, ripples of incredible beauty all came to pass because of George’s existence. George’s seemingly small gestures of love and acts of kindness ended up changing the course of history.


After the movie, I told my husband I was going to bed just so I could wake up the next morning, sip coffee, plug the Christmas tree lights in, and start the fire in the fireplace.

I love early mornings when most of the world is still sleeping.  It’s quiet, it’s peaceful and my soul wraps up in it like a soft warm blanket.

Here were the words playing on my heart as my eyes opened this morning. It’s from “Awake My Soul” from Chris Tomlin:

“Breathe on me breath of God breathe on me.
Breathe on me breath of God breathe on me.
I come alive, I’m alive when you breathe on me.
I come alive, I’m alive when you breathe on me.”

It’s good to have been born, isn’t it?

May we have eyes to see the ripples of beauty and significance even in seasons of uncertainty or pain…especially in those seasons. 

“But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me,
and through each night I sing his songs,
praying to God who gives me life.” Psalm 42:8

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