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We Need A Little Christmas

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‘Roll out the holly…..cause we need a little Christmas right this very minute” are some of the lyrics in a song that is sung  the musical Mame‘.  The last few weeks around the Hawkins’ home have been intense ones.  It was debated when and if we would even get our tree up this year.   Needless to say, the gift giving  and ready to celebrate any occasion gal was becoming frustrated. It is Christmas and I wasn’t getting much of a celebratory mood from Jim.

“The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.” Psalm 19:8

Then, I reflected back on my freshman year in college. My mother had been in and out of the hospital with kidney trouble.  Once finals were over, my plan was to go home and work with a PR company for the holiday season to put a little extra jingle in my pocket. Yet, God had other plans.  As Dad picked me up from school to take me home for the holiday(school was out at Thanksgiving-January back then) he explained that I would not be able to work because mom was still in and out of the hospital. Disappointed as I was in missing an opportunity for myself,  I knew that my attentions were needed at home.

When I arrived home, I saw many things that needed to be done.  First, we had to get through Thanksgiving. Thankfully, my grandmother took care of that holiday for us.  Of course, once you hit Thanksgiving Day, it is time to think about Christmas.  With all that was going on at the home front, the Christmas mood just wasn’t there. Mom certainly did not feel like decorating the tree much less the house. So, one day, I thought to myself ‘we need a little Christmas; right this very minute!’

Dad went out and got a tree and I began to decorate. At one point and time, a couple of ladies from the church came over to help me.  Along with decorating, I pulled out some recipes that I had learned from mom and other lady mentors of the church and began to bake. Yes, mom did not feel well but that was no excuse not to have Christmas. As Drew would say before a running a race, ‘it was on!’  Out of all the many wonderful Christmases I have experienced, this particular Christmas stays on the forefront of my memory.  It was the true meaning of Christmas.  Christmas is a time of denying self and putting the needs of others before yourself.  A memorable and yet hard lesson for an 18-year-old girl.

Reflecting on Christmas, 1982, I realized in the midst of all that was going on in the Hawkins’ home that  ‘we needed a little Christmas; right this very minute!’  Now, the tree is up, the house is decorated and packages are even appearing under the tree little by little.  It is a Christmas where Jim and I are facing some  challenges.  Yet, once the packages are opened, the tree comes down and a new year begins,  Christmas, 2010 will  be the most memorable Christmas  experience we will remember as a couple.

Over two thousand years ago, God looked down on the world. In the midst of all the despair and  chaos, and He said to his angels ‘we need a little Christmas; right this very minute!’  So, He sent His Son to the world to teach the true meaning of giving and putting others before self.  For, it is in the midst of despair and chaos is when we need Christmas the most.  One day, though we do not know the day nor the hour, God is going to look down on the world and say once  again, ‘we need a little Christmas; right this very minute!’  At that moment and time, He will send His Son Jesus Christ back down to earth.

Christmas Blessings-

Santa On A Motor Scooter

Piaggio XEvo 250ie Motor Scooter

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A couple of weeks ago, I had met Jim for lunch  and on this particular day, our hearts were heavy. We had received news of Jim’s dad potentially having cancer and many other things had seemed to hit the Hawkins’ household all at once. Deep in conversation and frustration, Jim and I pulled into his office parking lot to drop him off to start his afternoon of appointments. As we began to turn in, we saw an older gentleman, grey hair, long grey beard riding a  motor scooter with crutches propped up beside him and he had the biggest smile on his face.  You could tell he was thinking “life is good“. At that very moment, Jim and I broke into laughter and said “there goes Santa‘ on a scooter’! ‘Santa’ on the motor scooter was also an example of no matter how serious the day may get, you can still find the smiles and laughter.

As Jim got out of the car, I told Jim that seeing this gentleman was God‘s  smile for us. God knew we needed the laughter and the need to be distracted from what was on our minds for a few minutes.   Even since that particular afternoon, I reflect back on that moment and can’t help but smile and chuckle.

So many times we get so wrapped up on what is going on, and so serious about life that God has to send us a simple reminder (like ‘Santa’ on a motor scooter), to lighten up and smile and  laugh for a moment.  When God sends those moments of laughter, absorb them, and remember them.  There will be days when things are busy but you will find yourself stopping and pausing to remember the smile and/or  the laugh that God sent you at a particular moment.  Then, you will notice the events of the day aren’t so bad and you will have to  simply  chuckle and smile.

I hope you will get the chuckle and smile that you need this week.  You may not get ‘Santa on a motor scooter’ but I am sure that God has the perfect smile ready just for you!

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