“The Spirit of Christmas”

– A Poem by Greg Olsen –

By the magical light of a small Christmas candle
A little old man tries to carefully handle

The small porcelain manger which serves as a bed
For the wee Baby Jesus to lay down His head.

I love you for bringing this season of joy,
I love you for growing to a man from a boy;

For being our light and leading the way,
For being the spirit which makes Christmas Day!

You’ve been my mentor, my model, my hero and guide,
Please continue to help me and stay by my side.

I’ve tried to follow your teachings and give as you gave,
Reminding all to be kind and that it’s wise to behave.

Help me to serve others and bring them your light,
Especially the children, please bless them tonight!

Some have so very little, scarce food for their table,
You know how it feels – you were born in a stable!

Bless all their mothers and fathers with a knowledge that’s sure,
The best gift they can give is their love, strong and pure.

That’s the Spirit of Christmas when all’s said and done,
God’s gift of love, that came as His Son!”

Then back to His mother the child is returned
The Nativity glows as the candle is burned.

In a wink the little old man slips quietly away
Some say he goes up the chimney and climbs in a sleigh.

Whatever the case, His mission is clear –
Give unto others, bringing love and good cheer.

He flies into the night and bids us adieu
Doing for others what Jesus would do!

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Gregisode #2 — “Sacred Space” : Zoom In, Zoom Out




Just a FEW of the things that I’m most grateful for…

My sweet wife, Sydnie. As you heard in the podcast, she’s at the top of my list every time!

As I also mentioned in the podcast, memories of my Mom are some of the easiest things for me to Zoom In on.  Before she passed away, she told us that she wanted us to think of her each time we saw a butterfly. It’s been nearly 17 years since she passed and there isn’t a butterfly I see without still thinking of her.

A few years ago we celebrated her birthday by indulging in some of  her signature “Grandma Olsen” treats.

Butterscotch Oatmeal cookies and homemade toast and jam! Not quite the same, but close enough 🙂

Nature. Getting outdoors and camping for a weekend will forever be one of my favorite, most preferred pass-times.

When we were raising our one son and  five daughters, our camping trips looked a little different! Now, Nate and I consider the four sons-in-law the reward for being so outnumbered by girls all those years!



Now, we’re outnumbered by grandkids! They’re loud and wild and the best parts of life these days.



The easiest thing to be grateful for: