Monday, December 24, 2012

For the Days When Christmas Doesn't Feel Like Something on a Christmas Card...

It is hot and dry as I walk down the road.
The winds from the north have come, but these don't carry snow...
they carry sand from the Sahara.
I pass a neighbor's house.
He keeps sheep and the smell is heavy in the hot air...
maybe it's what the stable smelled like on that Christmas Eve so long ago?

A nativity made of clay...


with villagers bringing firewood,
and clay pots of water,
and another pounding fufu for Mary and Joseph...
maybe that is what it was like in Bethlehem?

And here we seek to honor Jesus' birth by sharing sugar cookies and sprinkles with those who've never had either...
And we come together as a church family to share the food God has blessed us with...

not with tables full of cakes and cookies and candies, but with our own daily bread so that everyone can have a feast for Christmas...

We don't build men or forts out of snow, but snowmen of cardboard boxes and cotton batting and houses out of palm branches...


It is an old tradition, this building a palm branch hut by the children on Christmas Eve...
we decorate it with flowers so that if Mary and Joseph happen by on this night, we'll have a beautiful shelter to offer them...


And a baby is crying constant...getting six new teeth for Christmas.
And Jesus chose His own birthday gift from us this year...
asking us to open our home for one who has no home this year.
And we sit up too late stringing beads, helping a friend....

And we sit by candlelight and wonder if this is really Christmas....


This wandering down a different path....
This holiday with less holly and jolly and maybe a little more holy...
And we are thankful and blessed that this day is not just the front of a Christmas card or a scene in a movie....
it is so much more.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

2 comments:

  1. Mrs. John, I pray your family felt the Spirit of Love for Christ and family at this time of year. Merry Christmas to you, even if it is a different celebration. Love, a Sister in Christ. Linda

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  2. Merry Christmas Friends!
    Here we have the snow, and the holly and jolly(probably a little too much)....but miss our loved ones with which to share it. Here it is focusing less on running to the next place to visit and eat, and focusing more on Christ's birth, and these sweet, four that The Lord has given us. ...all for Someone that we love more!!

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