Put a Bow On It

by Stefani on 5-August-2007

Every August, our church holds a big concert. It’s a time to celebrate the blessings of a year, and for us, it is always a sort of marker of time, in the way that holidays and birthdays are. I watch my boys dancing, looking up to the ceiling, knowing the balloon drop is to come, and I take mental note of all that has happened in a year, all the ways that we have grown.


There is a lot to be said for stopping every now and then to just give praise (in whatever way is your custom) for the finished works in our lives. Celebrate the things that are done. Say goodbye to what was lost, give thanks for what was gained.


The decisions made, the ideas that came to life, the milestones crossed, the doors closed…

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the songs sung, the stories read and written, all are worthy of a moment to just stop and say, “It. Is. Done.” Put it in a box, wrap it up and put a bow on it. Receive it, the completion of so much, as a gift.

Somehow, taking a moment to stop and say, “so long” to all that is behind you, makes it easier to walk on.


Sarah Jackson August 5, 2007 at 10:54 pm

Wow! I think if my church tried that, the old ladies would just keel over in shock. Looks like a wonderful celebratory experience. I’m a little jealous.

erin August 6, 2007 at 5:45 am

looks like a wonderful celebration! bet those glow sticks were a big hit!

kari August 6, 2007 at 7:56 am

I was there! We were late and sat in the last row of the balcony and had a blast! My little one had to rush downstairs to grab a few balloons before we left. We attend Southwest. Where do you go?

Heather August 6, 2007 at 12:08 pm

I just love your reflections on life! Today your reminder to let go and celebrate all that is done (without assessing it’s level of perfection) was so perfect for me. Remaining in the moment can be so difficult for me…thank you.

Molly August 6, 2007 at 3:17 pm

Beautiful way to wrap up a special event.

mountain mama August 6, 2007 at 7:58 pm

It’s true.. to enjoy each moment as they come is oh so important and something we need to practice more often.

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kristin August 7, 2007 at 9:07 pm

i think i will do this with my kids before public school starts…wonderful ritual!

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