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Making a List, Checking it Twice, Malachi 3:1-4
Rev. Randy Quinn

Weíve started receiving Christmas Cards at our house, have you? I donít know how many you get each year and I donít know how many you send each year, but our list has gotten shorter over the years. Before Ronda and I were married, I was sending over 100 Christmas cards each year; together our list was enormous and needed to be cut down!

But every year we face the same dilemma. Who gets one and who doesnít? What names do we drop from our list and who will we add this year? Of the ones who get a card, who gets a personal note and who doesnít? Who gets a family picture, who gets pictures of the kids, and which cards go without any photos?

Itís a hard decision to make. And what makes it harder is that we face the same decision every year. While we do not allow money to be the primary factor in deciding who is on our list or not, itís also true that as the price of cards and the cost of postage has risen over the years we have become more and more selective Ė but we still sent about 85 cards this year.

Over the years, we have developed a set of criteria for our list, but it isnít an exact science by any means. Maybe youíve tried to apply some of the same criteria to your Christmas Card lists, too.

  • If we hear from someone some time during the year, we usually keep their name on the list.....

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