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November 29, 2005

The Season of Preparing

I've just made a stop at http://theobilly.blogspot.com/ where the right Reverend shares some thoughts on Advent, particularly related to the services at his own church.

Which reminded me. That Dan loved Advent. This should be expected of a man whose opinion of Christmas was very Charlie Brown-esque but whose greatest joy in life was making others happy.

Whenever Dan had a gift for me, he always told me I would be receiving a gift well in advance of the actual giving. He knew I hated this. I would always ask him for a clue, even though, deep down, I really did want to wait until the appropriate time.

Here's an excerpt from the reflection by our friend Kelly at his service that will help you understand.

"On my 26th Birthday, a seminary friend hosted a party for me. She asked everyone who came to bring a roll of Mentos, my favorite mints at the time. As the night wore on, I had received at least 50 rolls of Mentos. Dan sat on the couch with a large, obviously gift wrapped box. He told me he had something special for me, and that he would tell me when it was time to open it. Late in the evening, Dan said it was time and handed me the box. He said, "I know you have been getting a lot of Mentos tonight, so I wanted to get you something special, something I thought you would really like." I excitedly peeled back the paper and opened the box. Inside lay 20 rolls of Mentos! Dan just about fell off the couch laughing. “You should have seen the look on the face of the woman who gift wrapped it for me,” he laughed.

Several years later, Dan and Stephanie traveled to our wedding. The morning after our wedding Dan presented Chad and I with a neatly wrapped box. After everyone had gone home, Chad and I carefully unwrapped Dan’s gift. Inside we found a roll of Mentos.

Later when we went to visit Dan and Stephanie, Dan wanted to know what we thought of our wedding gift. He was so proud of himself. For me, Mentos will always be tied to Dan, his wonderful sense of humor and his love for Chad and I."

Dan understood that whether the gift was twenty rolls of Mentos extravagantly wrapped or one Savior wrapped in swaddling clothes, it is the thought and preparation that really matter.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel

O come, thou rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny
From depths of of hell thy people save
And give them vict'ry o'er the grave

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel

O come, O Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by thine advent here
And drive away the shades of night
And pierce the clouds and bring us light

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel

O come, Thou Key of David, come
And open wide our heavenly home
Make safe the way that leads on high
And close the path to misery

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might
Who to thy tribes, on Sinai's height
In ancient times did'st give the law
In cloud and majesty and awe

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel

Posted by Stephanie at November 29, 2005 01:02 AM

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Dan and I were friends for over a year before we actually met face-to-face. We played an online roleplaying game together.

When he started playing the game, I took a liking to him and my character became his character's friend and mentor.

The first Solstice (gamespeak for Christmas) that Dan played his character surprised mine with a very special gift, a unique item that highlighted the friendship that had developed between us.

Funny how a couple lines of code in a program someplace can put a smile on your face. Dan had a flair for hitting that 'smile' button, even if he only knew me in the virtual sense.

I miss him.

Posted by: Killer Kitten [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 30, 2005 10:06 AM

He did know just what to say.

Posted by: Mrs. Popping Culture [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 1, 2005 12:54 AM

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