Who would think, despite derision, that a child should lead the way!
And you, my child, “Prophet of the Highest,” will go ahead of the Master to prepare his ways,
I love preparing for Christmas : writing year end letters and cards, finding the perfect gifts, and decorating everything in sight. It gives me great pleasure to be in the middle of preparations. I guess I am never truly prepared to the level I want though. My house is gloriously decked out – but not as clean as I want. The gifts are great, but there is always someone who really needed a little something that I forgot, and the cards, well we have been known to send Easter cards instead. And then there are Biscotti, and Christmas Eve and Brunch and – EEK I am officially in the Christmas spin. But sometimes I am not happy under all the business.
The problem is, I am usually preparing for the WRONG thing! In the hustle and bustle and brainwashing of Holiday songs in stores and elevators, I sometimes forget that the real Holy Day is something quiet and divine. There is a song I love that always snaps me out of the “Santa is coming to town” frenzy. It goes like this
“Who would think that what was needed to transform and save the earth
Might not be a plan or army, proud in purpose, proved in worth!
Who would think, despite derision.
That a child should lead the way!
God surprises earth with heaven, Coming here on Christmas Day.
(God’s Surprise sung to “Scarlet Ribbons”)
Yep – that puts everything in perspective. If Heaven is coming here on Christmas Day, how do I prepare? I am not sure, but it definitely doesn’t include the cultural Christmas frenzy. This year, I will have this stanza stuck all over the house – and maybe lighten up on all that other stuff.
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