Little Luke, is quite something these days. His voice is finding a way to make more little noises. His full name, Matthew Luke Dean, has special meaning to us. Matthew means "gift of God" and Luke means "bearer of light".
As the days approach where the heart of Christmas can so easily get lost in transactions, we are reminded every day through this little guy, of God's grace in our lives. He makes us slow down, reminding us of our basic needs, most importantly, connection, with God and people.
Our church has been focusing on simplifying Christmas -- and we have been so encouraged by the teaching and leadership on keeping what really matters the most, most important.