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I'm remembering Christmas day like all the days before it, in that space behind my eyes where I do my thinkin'. That space, it connects me to remembering and imagining other days. It was just yesterday, eh? But it might as well have been 30 years ago because it has past. How strange.
The torn wrapping paper unveiled the thoughts I've been having towards my sons and my desire to bless them big...The wrapping torn unveiled the plans, the love, the listening I did to prepare gifts that would satisfy. The smiles and thank yous said that I did it good. Today I drove in the rain for 40 miles to secure more of the nice wrapping paper, half off, so that I could do this all again for them. I will wait 364 more days before I can wrap up this loving for them once again. It is only like this on December 25th. You know what I mean. You did this for those you love, too. They laughed and said I am planning so early, but I've been planning about them for many more years than this. ♥
I love Christmas day because the birth of Jesus makes hope rise in the chest no matter the circumstances. Like the baby in the manger, we can trust like a child. This day is a mighty force against the darkness. It is a triumph remembered and experienced. The Lord is tender in everyone's thoughts......like on communion Sundays. And the smiles and thank yous diminish any sorrow you feel, or concerns you bear. You can get swept away in the happiness of the moments of December 25th 'round here.
And beyond the gifts there is so much more. Because of His birth we can imagine things we wouldn't otherwise. We can imagine our "forever days" in that space behind our eyes where we do our thinkin'. I can imagine my Dad again and an embrace we will share when I arrive on the "other shore". We can imagine all that we've lost surrounding us again. We can imagine resurrection of dead bodies, we can remember, or experience for the first time, the forgiveness of all of our sins, and we can live life in our heads and in our skin with the promise of peace even if everything or everyone around us is not peaceful. Because of Christmas the words of this song mean something to us. Freedom has bloomed and grown far and wide in us. We sow seeds in a garden that has soil energized with heaven's life--our faith.
Merry Christmas and may there be peace in the space behind your eyes and heart.