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November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving From The Eyres

The Ultimate Gratitude at tri-50

If you saw Jesus,
Stood for a moment in His actual presence,
What would you see in Him?
What would you feel from Him?

We have asked people this—asked whole audiences,
And three answers are amazingly
United, Unified, Unanimous:
Love,
Joy,
Peace,

Each at a level and an intensity where we say
“Ahhh, now I know what it really is.”

If we want a fourth leg for the Christ Chair,
Might it be Beauty?
Might we be as overwhelmed, as awed, by
The sheer beauty of His presence and His grace?

Or think ball diamond, with love, joy, peace and beauty as the bases,
Each a portal to a glorious InField
with Him at the center, on the mound.
Is the home plate, shaped like a home, love?
Or is it Joy?

Is this imagination? A field of dreams?
Is His presence a distant goal
Called Heaven?
Or can we feel and “see” it now?

When we try hard enough to
Be with Him, we are…
What we feel is real,
And it is present.

This is the ultimate gift deserving the ultimate gratitude because,
As we feel it, it is ours,
For as long as we want it badly enough
To ask for and strive for a real-time connection
To His Spirit.

Thanks-giving to who?
To Him, and
To you, as well as for you—our Family and Friends

Love, Eyrealm, (50 of us at our 50th Anniversary as we released our 50th book)
The locations (minus the 5 in college): Saren and Jared in Ogden, Shawni and David and Josh in Gilbert, Saydi and Jeff in SLC, Jonah and Aja on Maui, Tal and Anita in Switzerland, Noah and Kristi in Provo, Eli and Julie in NYC, Charity and Ian in London, Linda and Rick in between.

November 19, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving from Our House to Yours

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Happy Thanksgiving from Our House to Yours

47 years now, we’ve been sending out an annual Thanksgiving Card
There were four of us on that first one,
There are 50 of us now.
Each precious enough to overwhelm alone,
But synergized into a collective miracle we call family.
Thanks grows with its Giving,
And elevates our perspective of this as the only real legacy.

Sender Sentiments Recognize Recipients,
For you are the Blessings as well as the Sendees—
You are on the Subject: line as well as the To: line.
And we are thankful to you as well as for you.

Because People are the first corner of our Thanks-giving Triangle.
Then Places, trying now for limits—one speaking trip a month,
With routes running through our kids,
And returning always to our beloved nook, perch, and knoll.
Then Purpose with four books consuming us this year…
One on Joy and one on Marriage (two subjects that rub off on each other)
And two on Grandparenting,
Which, if nothing else, have kept our minds on what matters.

We are, today, the undeserving beneficiaries of astounding gifts
That range from inventions to inspiration and from bounty to beauty,
That come from mother earth and fellow men, and God on high.
We Give Thanks.

Wishing you a Truly Thankful Thanksgiving and a Christ-Centered Christmas,
Rick and Linda in Park City, Saren and Jared +5 in Ogden (Ashton at University of Utah), Shawni and Dave +5 (Max at BYU and engaged to Abby Martin, and Elle at BYU Hawaii) and Josh +29 students in Gilbert, Saydi and Jeff +4 in Salt Lake City, Jonah and Aja +5 on Maui, Tal and Anita +1 in Switzerland, Noah and Kristi +6 in Provo, Eli and Julie +3 in Manhattan, Charity and Ian +2 in London

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