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On Christmas morning I’m in the kitchen washing the dishes and the radio played Amy Grant’s Song, “Grown-Up Christmas List”.  The words really hit home as I was thinking about the situation of a long-time Steepletown employee whose son was killed by gunfire just a few days before Christmas.  Another senseless loss of a young life who had so much wisdom and love to share with others.

”No more lives torn apart,
And wars would never start,
And time would heal all hearts.”

This thought was juxtaposed with the recent memory of Jerry the Flower Guy’s memorial celebration which took place at Fifth Street last week Monday, December 22nd.  He died quite suddenly a couple weeks ago of cancer. His life was heralded as redefining what it means to be a street-wise entrepreneur.  I was struck by the very simple yet extra-ordinary journey of his life, as he was known to be quite a “dumpster diver” in search of flowers that still had joy to bring to others.  And with his five-gallon bucket in hand he would journey into area West Side businesses to bring laughter, a smile, and simple friendship.

“And every one would have a friend,
And right would always win,
And love would never end.”

As we put away the Christmas decorations and find ourselves flipping the calendar to 2015 there might be a tendency to think about those things we didn’t get for Christmas this year. Yet its true meaning lives on in our lives every day, in actions that bring about healing, hope and friendship. This is Steepletown’s Grownup Christmas List.

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