Telltale signs of time speeding by lined the shelves of Hobby Lobby. Despite the fact that I rushed home to catch swimming finals for the SUMMER Olympics and despite the fact that I dashed from my car in 108 degree Texas heat, Christmas already decorated the aisle. The only thing missing was Christmas music. Our daughter, Jessica, provided that for us when she was a child.
“Sweetie, Christmas is over. It’s July. Why are you still singing that song?”
“Nooooo, Mommy. I want Christmas all year.” Jessica skipped away, picking up her song where she left off.
She stopped singing Christmas carols around the beginning of October. Jessica gave me a three-week reprieve before “Dashing Through the Snow” and “Away in a Manger” again floated down our hallway into the kitchen and den. About the time she spotted Christmas needlework and boxes of ornaments lining the shelves of Target, right next to Halloween costumes and candy.
I prayed for mercy. Until it dawned on me. Jessica was right.
Advent was only the beginning. Although Christmas day passed, the tree came down, and we stored decorations, the celebration was not over.
Christ came. He dwelled with us. He was and still is, with us. All year, all the time, into eternity.
Do we invite him to be born within us each day? Do we sense his presence? Despite the heat of difficulties or the drought of good fortune, do we celebrate his coming every day?
I walked out of the store back into the 108 degree heat with a thankful heart … and singing Jingle Bells.
“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” (Colossians 3:16)
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