Simple or sparkle? (guest post by Tracey Eyster)

Renee Ann Smith —  December 21, 2011 — 5 Comments

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Simple or Sparkle?
by Tracey Eyster

It’s a simple ornament made of thin cheap metal. It looks quite out of place on our CHRISTmas tree. But each year I lovingly and safely nestle it amongst its expensive and sparkly peers, without a care as to how unglamorous it appears.

Many of our CHRISTmas ornaments have a story. They have an uncanny way of inspiring emotion in me. But this certain one causes an intense stir.

You see the ornament is engraved with the name of my grandmother, Sara. It was given to me by my mother, who ordered it from Hospice, after Grandmama’s death. Yes, the months leading up to her death carry memories of a frail and failing grandmama, but that ornament carries my thoughts to sweet CHRISTmas memories of the past . . .

CHRISTmas Eve dinners in her home, laughing, singing, gathering together, and celebrating a year filled with blessings as we remembered the birth of our Savior. CHRISTmas mornings, she was always there participating with glee in our raucous CHRISTmas happiness. Her gifts were always bank envelopes gently tucked into the pine needles of our CHRISTmas tree—fresh cut from the property she grew up on.

All memories of my Grandmama make my heart swell. You see she was my Jesus with skin on. She lived her life full of joy. She served others. She approached life selflessly with an attitude of, “What can I do for you?”

Just months before she left us, even as the Alzheimer’s was robbing her mind, she shared her love of Jesus with a sweet little old lady friend. That woman came to know the Lord. It was a divine appointment.  The very next day that little old lady silently slipped away to meet in person the One Sara introduced her to just the day before.

At the time I wept, realizing that regardless of our own frailties and failings, God can still use those of us who are willing to do His work and are well-practiced at hearing His voice…no matter our lack of sparkle in comparison to others.

A simple life lived for Him, a simple ornament in memory of Sara. A simple truth for you to ponder.


Tracey Eyster wife, mom, relationship gatherer and Creator/Editor of FamilyLife’s MomLife Today is a media savvy mom making a difference where moms are, online. Through speaking, writing and video interviews, Tracey encourages, equips, and advises moms on every facet of momlife. Her first book, Be The Mom will be released August 2012. You can connect with Tracey at, her personal site or www.twitter/

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

5 responses to Simple or sparkle? (guest post by Tracey Eyster)

  1. What a beautiful story… I worked in hospice for a few years – volunteer coordinator and also in a care center – activities director. What a blessing and it was amazing how when a person accepted the Lord it was like they could just finally relax – that peace that surpasses all understanding – and go be with their Savior. I also have a hospice ornament on my tree and how beautiful it is to my eyes… God Bless you this Christmas season.

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