The Grinch, Ian, & me with my fingers nervously drumming!
In my mind today I'm thinking about time. I read this morning in eternity and on God's watch that 1,000 years could be one day. I also think of wrinkles in time like the book and time-travel tv shows and movies. Humans have been recording time since their existence. Songs are written about time. Kids have such a wonderful misconception of time. As children, 30 minutes is an eternity. As adults, time literally flies by and a 30 minute lunch is a blink of an eye. Pass the indigestion meds please. With Advent, the Christmas season, it's a period of time in which we wait and anticipate the birth of Jesus or Jesus's birthday. We have Advent calendars, countdowns to Christmas break, and special church services filled with Christmas carols. I recently saw a post: Three Mondays until Christmas! Eek! was my reaction but "Aw Shucks!" was the children's reaction.
Time. It is one of the best gifts you can give. It is truly precious. The third week of Advent is next Sunday. You have only one more then the fifth Sunday is Christmas. "Hark the herald, angels sing. Glory to the newborn king. Peace on earth and mercy mild. God and sinner reconciled." I hear the Peanuts gang singing this in my mind. Each week is precious. The first week of Advent is Hope. The second is a week of Advent is preparation. Confess those sins! Clear your conscious. Ask God to forgive you and be ever so light as you celebrate. That is truly Peace. The third is a week of Joy! He's coming. The fourth week is a week of Love. Then Christmas morning we have the blessings of Emmanuel: God with us. Of course, he is always with us but we take that day to celebrate the birth that lead to death on a cross. Take heart because without that death our spiritual birth in God would have never happened.
As our kiddos count down time until Christmas, we are reminded about the real reason of the season. Hopefully many will have a reckoning like the Grinch: "Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a bit more." So this Advent take time to spend with family and friends. Use time alone to center yourself each day. If you are frantically ticking off a gift list, take a moment to share the true gifts of the season: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. Remember the Jing Tinglers, Flu Floopers, Tar Tinkers, Who Hoovers, Gar Ginkers, Trum Tupers, Slu Slumkers, Blum Bloopers, Who Wompers, Zu Zitter, Carzay, and Who Carnio Flunxes will lose their novelty and gleam, but the time spent with family will return like a dream. Years from now when your own little Whos prepare for their Christmases, the time with family and friends will be the most treasured things. They in turn will restart the whole thing and create memories that will return like a dream. So Christmas my friends will truly mean much more when you take time to cherish the gifts not from a store.
Quote of the Day:
"Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back."
Hmmm...now there's a great gift, kindness.
Sarah Anderson Alley
Dedicated to my own personal Cindy Lou Who, Jolie Bell. At a children's program, I played the Grinch and she played Cindy Lou Who our senior year. And of course to Dr. Seuss!