Living in Joy
Years ago, our oldest son, Jonathan was in the Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Fortunately, he was able to get time off to come home for Christmas. So, three days before Christmas he made his way to the Raleigh/Durham airport for his flight home. At the same time, a blizzard hit the entire eastern section of the country, cancelling flights. So, Jon was stuck at the airport. They told him to check back the next day, and they would try to get him on another flight. Next day, still no flights. Another day and night in the airport. On his third day at the airport (Christmas Eve), the weather finally began to clear, and Jonathan was able to get a flight out at around 9:00pm, not to Cleveland (his original destination), but to Pittsburgh.
It was the tradition in the church for the pastor and family to light the Christ Candle on Christmas Eve. But this year, Cindy was on the road to Pittsburgh to pick up Jonathan, while I led the 11:00pm Christmas Eve worship service and lit the Christ Candle with our other children, Joe and Amanda. By the time I got home from the church, Jonathan was home with Cindy. My best Christmas present ever. All of those sappy Christmas songs about “I’ll be home for Christmas,” and “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you,” took on a whole new meaning. Even to this day, when I hear those songs, it brings me back to that Christmas Eve years ago.
What about for you? What are some of your favorite Christmas memories? What are the stories about Christmas that get passed down in family folklore?
For all of us who are so involved in the life of the church, it is very easy to get so caught up in all of the preparations, that we seldom pause to reminisce, tell stories, laugh and cry. Let’s not let this season go by without savoring it and without pausing to celebrate God’s coming into the world.
God’s blessings to you and yours in this most Blessed Season. God is with us. Hallelujah.
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