Well, that’s a downer of a title, isn’t it?
Stay with me.
Linking up with my favorite bloggie family: Five Minute Friday.
The theme for today?
Ok, so, right now the world has that extra bit of merry and bright going on. This makes total sense. We are counting the days before our Savior’s birth.
It’s The Most Wonderful Time of Year, after all.
But, I notice a few things:
I have lights up, all over the house, inside and out. Strings of them, colored, white, all aglow, all day long.
Christmas music plays non stop. Mostly, I choose the soft, lingering melodies of George Winston. They are soft and soothing and I keep them on all the time.
I go to bed pretty early these nights, usually around 8:30. Flannel pajamas are my thing.
Next to my bed is a pile of books and my Ipad and Hershey’s kisses. I keep them stockpiled, and crawl into my bed as a sort of cozy fortress.
I take naps more often.
I make comfort food for dinner. Rich, heavy dishes with lots of calories. Salad does not happen. Chocolate happens.
I watch endless Hallmark Channel Christmas movies. My husband will not watch them with me, but the dog does. Hosmer loves the story line, mainly because they are all very similar. He’s a simple dog, with simple tastes.
I love this time of year. But, you know? It reminds me of those who are gone. It only makes me miss them the more, and I cannot think of Christmas without my brother.
Sometimes all this merriment makes it harder.
Joy to the world, the Lord has come.
So, let me receive it. Joy is deeper than all of this and the Joy Maker is through it and under it and above it.
Joy is all around.
Happiness, bliss, merriment, festivity, those might wane. We might experience a soul poverty at this time, but Joy is not from us. It’s from Him.
It makes me think of this carol, one of my favorites:
In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man
I would do my part;
Yet what I can, I give Him –
Give my heart.
I have not posted in so long, and so wanted to come in with trumpets blazing, full of fun and funny. But instead, I wanted to write about the deep joy that answers all the questions.
What can we give him? Just give Him our hearts.