December 12, 2010
Box and Bow, ME Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 50
Three cups of coffee and seven dozen snickerdoodles into the last available baking Sunday before Christmas, I realized how ahead of the game I am for a change. As I sit down to write this I am 90% done shopping, 75% done wrapping, and have baked 33.333333% of the cookies needed for festivities and visiting.
Snow has been falling steadily since 7:00 am. The view from the living room window reminds me of a precious snow globe, long since gone. There’s a lot of long since gone in my life. I’m not sure how I feel about these particular Kid Rock lyrics, “GOD put his hands on your shoulders way too soon.” Sometimes, that’s how it feels missing my grandparents and my Dad, my mother-in-law and her mother, a cousin, my husband. Other times, I feel GOD’s hands may have not moved soon enough to end the suffering and pain. I know I am theologically out-of-bounds, though; there is simply no argument. GOD’s timing is perfect, and I’ve come to recognize that I am where I am because of that. The only true things - the only real things we have - are our emotions. Too often, our emotions drive our faith or drive out our faith. Our emotions last, unlike gifts or any objects
So, I guess it’s time we take some time from our preparations to prepare our hearts; to bring them back to the present and away from the presents we all expect and give. To distract us from that trying feeling we’re all up against this time of year, I present to you from my heart , this precious gift: Everyone dies. Some are blessed to know it’s coming in a more immediate sense, some are taken away with little notice. There is absolutely no reason for anyone’s death to be a surprise. I know that’s a weird and probably unwelcome notion to try and wrap your head around this time of year, but you can do it. Do not give in to the fear; let the knowledge booster you.
Concentrate on the people instead of the things. Include a little something extra in each gift: an appreciation note. Tell each person the real motive behind the box and bow: I like your smile. I love your laugh. I appreciate your sense of humor. You have the best fashion sense. Tell loved ones, coworkers, waitresses… everyone you hand a gift to this year. Tell them one thing you think makes them special. That will be the gift they remember.
May the LORD bless and keep you.
Posted by jaselin at December 12, 2010 08:24 PM