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I’m not sure why, but when I saw it this quote reminded me of Lori’s “Inviting Christmas In.”  In her post, Lori wrote about how gift buying and gift wrapping can overpower our Christmas.

Is it just me or does the commercial onslaught seem to strike earlier and earlier every year?  Catalogues and Black Friday sales and Pre-Black Friday sales.  And all of the causes that want you to give – Nissan will give matching funds if you donate a small gift, only $300, right now.  And shouldn’t you add a security system to keep your family safe?  Don’t you care?

Okay, I’m going to admit it.  This time of year?  I don’t answer the door without looking first.  And I don’t bother with the peep-hole.  I look out my bedroom window.  Text me before you come over.  I find all the hard sells wearing so I just don’t engage.

Christ?  You saw the quote.  He comes uninvited too but he doesn’t ring the bell.  He comes when I sit quietly and sip my coffee next to the fireplace.  He joins me as I mix up a batch of candy for our cantata reception.  He’s beside me in the choir and as we hang our worries on the tree during out first Advent service.

Christ finds his way in.


I admit it.  I’m a list maker.  It is how I keep track of things.  Do you have this?  Have you done this?  Don’t forget that thing there.

I’m not as bad when it comes to other people.  I tend not to confuse what they have with who they are.

When it comes to me, I often put action above being.  Take some time today to simply be.  I’m not saying you have to just sit. Do something quiet that you enjoy.  Color.  Do a puzzle.  Read a book.  Work with clay.

As I type this list, it strikes me how many of these things are equated with childhood.  The time when we are allowed, oh so briefly, to play, to laugh, to count happiness as an accomplishment.

It give new meaning to Matthew 19:14. “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them! For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

I’ve only checked two things off todays list but if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go sit on the sofa and read a book.



Have a Mary Little Christmas

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