I love Christmas!
I’ll put up Christmas lights until they can be seen from space.
But I refuse to turn them on until the day after Thanksgiving!
A local radio station started playing Christmas music on November 11th
and I want to yell “STOP!”
Friends post pictures of their trees put up early
and I want to block them until December.
Walmart’s garden section is gone, replaced by a plethora of trees, lights, yard décor, and garlands.
Yes, I avoid that side of the store.
Did Scrooge infect me with a heart two sizes too small?
Did Rudolph punch me in the gut with his red snout?
I just want to dwell in the attitude of
This used to be a time that people celebrated the harvest. People would be truly thankful to God for the provision of food for the winter.
I know for many, this is a lean season. Inflation has hit hard at a time that many companies are downsizing. We are having to find ways to cut our budget.
But we still have so much to be thankful for.
I am reminded of a family I met years ago in Tijuana, Mexico. The mother worked at a mission to the poorest barrio. She invited our mission group to her home.
She was very proud of it. She prepared a simple dessert for us as we made our way in our fancy American cars into her neighborhood. It was on a hill, well above the flood zones that affected the barrio by the mission.
When we pulled up, we saw the plain cement block home with a metal roof. Upon entering, we were greeted by the bright colors of Mexican blankets covering the walls and the few seats.
The whole house was about the size of our living room.
She beamed as she welcomed us to her happy home.
I have also had customers who lived in grand homes with every luxury you can imagine.
And some of them were miserable!
What was the main difference?
That woman in Tijuana thanked God she no longer had to deal with floods, or a leaking roof. She had a job and food for her family. Life for her was awesome.
That wealthy customer always looked at what he didn’t have. He strove for the next big deal. He was all business. Sure, he had fun with all his toys, but they never satisfied.
Each of us has so much to be thankful for.
Do you have food for your next meal?
Do you have a place to sleep?
Do you have friends?
Do you have breath in your lungs?
If you answered yes to any of those, you have something to be thankful for!
So, before I get caught up in the excitement of the season of the Advent of Christ, I will dwell on my blessings.
Then, I’ll be thankful for the biggest blessing of all, God’s arrival on Earth to redeem humanity.
And then I’ll decorate the house until it looks like Santa’s elves are moving in.