And with Lindsay for Messy Mondays.
After Christmas dinner with the family, we return home to the quiet. I am always sad to let her go—there’s a lonely feeling in discarded tissue paper and half-eaten platters of sweets. I put away all our leftovers and wash up the dishes littering the counter and the corners of my mind. Then we take Lucy Mae for her Christmas walk under Christmas stars. It’s cold, but not as cold as it should be and I love being under the blanket of the sky with my two growing boys. I show them The Seven Sisters and this sparks a discussion about the seven deadly sins. We name them all–shuddering a little at gluttony. It’s a beautiful night and I feel Christmas shining bright with the starry sky.
When we get back home, the lights are on and how can Christmas shine so bright just now and be gone in a few hours? And I start thinking about saying goodbye to Christmas.
“It’s almost over,” I say to Jeff.
“Thank God,” he says, with a deep sigh. And I laugh but I still feel a little sad.
I can carry Christmas in my heart all year but it’s not the same if the world keeps spinning and no one notices. And just when I think Christmas is over, he comes down stairs and casually asks, “Hey, mom? Are you busy right now?”
And I say no and he takes me upstairs and gets out his guitar and he plays me some Christmas songs. I’m sitting on the floor amidst discarded jeans and the brown paisley comforter that was kicked off the bed in his sleep—I’m in this tangled up place listening to Silent Night, note by note.
And I think, I don’t care if the world keeps spinning and churning. I’m taking Christmas with me.
Hop on over to The High Calling to read about another one of my Playdates and learn about our new book club selection for the New Year!
How do you embrace the God-joy? Every Monday I’ll be sharing one of my Playdates with God. I would love to hear about yours. It can be anything: outside, quiet time. Maybe it’s solitary. Maybe it’s loud and crowded. Just find Him. Be with Him. And come tell us about it.
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