Mystery Envelopes


On New Year’s Day, I’ll hand out a mysterious envelope to everyone in my family.  They’ll stare at it, note that the handwriting is their own, and then recall that they addressed it to themselves a year ago.

We’ll each open our envelope and read aloud (for the first time) what we had hoped, dreamed, and prayed would come to pass in 2011.  I’m sure we’ll be amazed.  I’m sure we’ll have a few good laughs.  And there may even be a tear or two.

We do this every year, but not in an effort to “tap into the powers of the universe,” but to take time to stop, reflect, and truly see the many blessings God has given us.

Another reason I’m excited to discover what’s inside is because it gives me a glimpse into the hearts of those I love the most.  As a husband and father, this is indeed a treasure!

So in anticipation of the wonderment and mystery that awaits, let mel take this time to wish you all a wonderful New Year!

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About J.E. Lowder

I've played bass for Shania Twain, had a black rhino charge me while on safari, and I've been in the Oval Office. In high school, I went backstage to interview groups like Bob Seger, Rush and Kansas, sorta like "Almost Famous" but without Kate Hudson! As an author, I draw from all these experiences (and then some) when crafting my stories. The quote that sums me up the best is by G.K. Chesterton: "Nay, the really sane man know that he has a touch of the madman." I'm married, the father of four wonderful children, and a proud grandfather. I currently live near Nashville, TN where I write, bike and am always on the prowl for adventure and stories. View all posts by J.E. Lowder

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