Mack’s Secret Santa Gift

Dear Mackenzie,

I thought long and hard last night about what I should make you for secret santa, and I have decided to give you a long post listing all of the best parts of 2020 and our time in the Loft. Think of this as a digital encyclopedia of sorts. A place to go for reference and comfort. Hearing about Ravi Zacharias tonight, and experiencing the semi-sad Christmas Eve plan B service, and thinking about how many things have gone wrong in the world of late, it seems that the best gift I can possibly give you right now is hope. Despite all of the global despair, for some reason, you and I have found ourselves in this little God-gifted safe haven right now. And I think that it is important that we remember this, even if we do not yet understand why we are so blessed in this moment. We have to pay attention to the good, and to highlight it, and share it with others in an innocent way. That is your power, Mack, as a sincere believer and slave of Christ: your honest witnessing of the ways that God cares for you. So without further ado (adew?), here goes.

“Some of the best moments of my life happened in 2020.”
– MP

  • Sunsets
  • Angry Playlists
  • The I Dream of Genie Dance Recital
  • The Prayer Wall
  • The Bracelet Ministry We Accidentally Started
  • Collaborative Workspace
  • Shelf Wall
  • Tupac
  • My Weird Post-Grad Moody Phase
  • Skydiving

  • High School Graduation
  • The Ukelele
  • Gelly 94.1
  • Fishing
  • Uhmaze Bowls
  • Chocolattes
  • Your First Semester of College
  • The Chicken Phase
  • When I got a Job
  • Panera Bread Work Seshes
  • Your Pine Cove Interview
  • Madi’s Epic Flower Drawing Sesh
  • Boats
  • The Mountain Dance
  • Cereal
  • Porch Camping Trip
  • That Phase Where we Ran A Lot
  • Naples Botanical Garden
  • Climbing in St. Pete
  • Balcony Chats
  • Your Orange Hair
  • Kombucha
  • Being Kind to Everyone
  • All Our Melodramatic Panic-y Chats, really
  • You Meeting with Heidi
  • Growing Plants on the Balcony
  • Vegan Cheese
  • Backwards Baseball Caps
  • Kayacking
  • Watching Church from Home
  • Watching Church at Bennets
  • Falling Iguanas
  • Your Epic Tiger King Choir Final
  • Working in our Closet
  • Talking in Our Closet
  • Your Birthday
  • Frothing
  • Tyler Flood
  • Getting a Record Player
  • Staring into Dogs’ Eyes
  • Face Masks
  • Our Weekly Spiritual Themes
  • Helicopter Rides
  • Nightly Debriefs
  • Shopping
  • Developing Film Down the Street
  • Voting
  • Full Circles
  • Lots of Praying
  • Going to Universal
  • Chemistry
  • Love Bugs
  • The Hiding Place
  • The Drum Set
  • Parking Garages

I leave you with this. It’s Bastille’s latest release, created during quarantine. Apparently this was my second-most-played song on Spotify this year, which is dumb. But anyway. It’s like you’ve been saying, all we have to do is live our lives and impact the people around us. And pray endlessly. That’s all we can do. So stay hopeful. Keep believing in truth. And keep paying attention.

Merry Christmas.


Meg (yes i’m you’re secret santa what omg shock I know ta da.)

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