For Christmas my wife bought me two pair of jeans to broaden my stock of clothes that fit. She also got me a cover for my iPad to compliment my Kindle cover she bought three years ago. Both feature beautiful leatherwork by Oberon Design. The green Kindle cover shows a tree in front of a river, and the brown iPad cover a tree in front of a mountain. Trees are sacred to me. “He shall be like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in season.” (Psalm 1) For pure reading I prefer the Kindle, with its handy size and easy on the eyes screen. I do most of my writing and Internet work on the iPad now. With a Kindle app I can also read books on the iPad.
In December at church we did a study on the Advent Conspiracy. It was a book and DVD with three cool looking pastors from the West Coast who showed me that I should be creative in my use of facial hair and leave my shirt untucked. Their mantra for Americans was to spend less on needless gifts for one another and more on gifts to help Africans drink clean water. A good goal. Gifts should either be missional gifts, like wells in Africa, or relational gifts given intentionally to bless someone we love and celebrate our relationship with them. The iPad cover is a relational gift; I will cherish it because I love the giver.