Christmas Folderol

I love the Christmas folderol–every last strand of tinsel, every jangling bell.  Tomorrow Richard and I drive to Roseville to spend a special day with her, Mark and our grandsons Jarod and Alec.  Today, to the joyous rhythm of “Little Drummer Boys” and “Harking to the Bells”,  I’ll make up a batch of eggplant parmajon (OK, so I don’t know how to spell it.).  I’ll pack an overnight bag, load up our car with brightly wrapped packages–all a part of the adrenalin rush that accompanies my favorite holiday.  And before I settle down for a good night’s sleep, I’ll open my most precious gift.  I’ll refresh my spirits with a reminder of what it is I am celebrating–the birth of my Savior.  I think I’ll begin at Matthew 1:18.  “This is how the birth of Jesus came about…”

Why? As always I find myself asking,  “Why, Lord? You could have wiped the earth clean of an experiment gone bad. But You didn’t.  You loved the unlovely; You offered eternal life to those who didn’t deserve even one more breath of life;  You did it all…”  I’m so glad.  Because if You’d had to wait for me to get my life together enough to warrant such an extravagant gift…it would never happen.  And while I’m at it, I will take time to absorb the message in Mark Lowry’s “Mary, Did You Know.”   And for one brief moment I will ‘kiss’ the hand of God.

So despite foggy roads to travel, too many cookies to eat and so little time; despite depleted bank accounts and grouchy shoppers in the mall;  despite it all, the good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly rude drivers on the highway–I love Christmas.  So bring on the Christmas folderol.  I love every last pine needle on the carpet.  I wish the same for you, dear friend.  So dare to let down your hair, roll up the legs of your pj bottoms, and dance to “Deck the Halls.”    Celebrate God’s utterly outrageous and unending love for you–God’s Christmas folderol gift to you.

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