The Wisdom of the Grinch

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Guest Post by Sophie Foley~

Once upon a time, there was a family of very meager means. It was Christmas time, and there wasn’t a spare dollar to be had, and for the first time there would not be a Christmas tree, no presents, no stockings hung by the chimney with care. It would just be them, and their bruised idea of a gentle Savior.

The week before Christmas, the father unable to bear the guilt of it, lashed out in incredible anger, and then as these things usually go, retreated in shame to give his family space from his emotions. The mother grabbed her sobbing youngest in her arms and began to tell her the story of the Whos from Whoville. The story of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” She told of an entire town that had every single thing stolen from them, every tree, every stocking, even their food. And when they awoke to such a terrible injustice, after allowing the sadness to have its brief moment, they once again gathered hands and began to sing. The Grinch, gleefully waiting to hear their wails of despair, instead was met with joyous singing and in that moment he had an epiphany.

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’til his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” —Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

This was my family. And that Christmas from my childhood 17 years ago has shaped every Christmas since. That week, a tree was given to us, an uncle I had never met came to visit and while we were out, filled our home with gifts and stockings. We came home from church that Sunday and when we saw the gifts, the stockings, the food in the refrigerator…the tender, humble grace of it all was almost too much.

But it’s profound, isn’t it? As a society, we have created a holiday, rife with financial stress and anxiety. We scurry around trying to make sure everything is absolutely perfect, and meanwhile, we are consumed with worry and guilt and the voice of inadequacy is ever-present. This is something I have long pondered, and as we have raised our four young children, it has become a more urgent issue for me to address in my own life.

The God of the universe, who has immeasurable wealth, and who lived in Heaven surrounded by absolute glory, became very poor and took on the form of me. He came as a baby, born in a manger. Leaving behind inconceivable riches, He took on the lowest of beginnings, so  the Savior could come.

She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 (NASB)

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:23 (KJV)

Emmanuel, God with us. With me. With you.

And so, last Christmas season my husband and I began a new tradition with our children. We forfeit gifts, and instead save up for a stay in the White Mountains for Christmas. We spend time with our children, we stay up late playing games and watching movies. We make meals and talk and laugh; and suddenly, its as if Christmas has been reborn for me. Because, what if… “What if Christmas doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?”


Sophie-Foley_ppIt is my pleasure to feature Sophie Foley’s Christmas guest post on, Tattoo It On Your Heart this month. You may read more of Sophie’s heartrending and beautiful words featured throughout my 2018 series of interviews with pastors and pastor’s wives here. 

Sophie Foley:   Along with my husband, Pastor John Foley, we pastor The Potter’s House church in Malden, Ma. We have four wonderful children, three girls and a boy who shoulder so much of this endeavor with us. I’m a free spirit at heart and love the more ethereal bohemian parts of life. I love finding magic in the run down parts of life and living. In a perfect world I would live in a giant tree house surrounded by gardens and farmland. I’m a weird one. 😉 I write to articulate my heart, I am also an artist and a singer. Most of all I’m a Christ follower, keeper of a heart, (John’s), and a mama of four wild things.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss

*I will post the final two articles in my 2018 series of interviews with pastors and pastors wives  after Christmas.* 

Prior Posts in 2018 Series of Interviews with Pastors & Pastor’s Wives:

Part 10: Pastor Chad is the founder of Of the Word Ministries, a new ministry to #pastors. Pastor Chad and Mindy have been married and pastoring for 22 years and they have eight children ranging in age from 6 to 21 years old. Five of their children are #adopted privately from places such as the Ukraine and California. Two have #DownSyndrome. Pastor Chad and Mindy have been #homeschooling for 19 years. In addition, they have worked with 29 more children over the years in #fostercare. Oh, and did I mention that Mindy and their daughters Lizzie and Gracie are volunteer #firefighters?…Click here to continue reading, Fire Fighters, Fire Keepers, Heart Healers.

Part 9: Setting the Record Straight: A Day in the Life of a Pastor

Part 8: The Preacher and the Writer

Part 7: A Preacher’s Kid Speaks

Part 6: And the Preacher Rolled up His Sleeves

Part 5: Pastor, Pastor’s Wife~ What Breaks Your Heart, What Keeps You Going?

Part 4: From Dope Dealer to Hope Dealer

Part 3: Life as a Pastor’s Wife

Part 2: The Call: Why Did you Become a Pastor?

Part 1: If My People 

You can read part 1 of my 2018 series of interviews with pastors & pastor’s wives, If My People, HERE

You can read part 1 of my 2016 series, Shepherd Princes & Sarah’s Daughters HERE and my 2017 series, Dragon Slayer, Disciple Maker, HERE.



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© 2018  Rachael M Colby                          Tattoo It On Your Heart

Author: Rachael M. Colby

Born and raised in Jamaica, award-winning writer Rachael M. Colby resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Wife, mom, beach bum, artist, work in progress, avid Tweeter—#HealthyFaithChat leader, Rachael writes to glorify God, encourage believers, and reach the lost. She connects culture’s questions with Christianity’s answers, inspires faith, and motivates through articles, devotions, poetry, and interviews. She has a heart for racial reconciliation and to uplift those who serve in tough places. Her work has appeared on Southern Ohio Christian Voice, Inkspirations Online, the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Blog, in the compilation books Creative Writing Journal: Faith Inspired Writing Prompts & Hope-Filled Poetry, The Courage to Write: 62 devotions to Encourage your Writing Journey, and Defining Moments: Memorable and Inspiring Stories from Outstanding Leaders, and the Oak Ridger newspaper. She runs on copious amounts of coffee and chocolate and a whole lot of "Help me, Jesus." Her WIPS include a compilation of her family’s and others’ stories of their work as civil rights activists (adult and children’s books), and a devotional for writers. You can connect with Rachael on her website,—a place for seekers, followers, and writers, and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

4 thoughts on “The Wisdom of the Grinch”

  1. Thank you for sharing. It feels good knowing that there are other families out there who create a Christmas experience without having to go into major debt over toys that wont be played with by mid January! and I agree. I love Sophie’s writing. I hope you have time and space to have her guest post again for you.


    1. I agree. When Sophie sent me her responses to my interview series featuring pastors and pastor’s wives, I replied to her, “So what else do you write other than answers to interview questions?” Sure enough, Sophie is a beautiful writer who had set down her pen for a bit. I’m hoping she will pick it up more frequently now and bless us with some more guest posts on Tattoo It On Your Heart.


    2. Thank you so much, Rebeka! It was such a joy to share this Christmas story with Rachel’s readers. Truly, Christmas is such a powerful holiday for me. I like to think of that particular Christmas memory, as my own Ebenezor stone. A reference that “thus far the Lord has helped me.”


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