Friday, December 14, 2007
to my brother
i saw a funny thing yesterday. i was driving through a neighborhood near elisabeth's school and i saw a house decorated for christmas. it had one of those old plastic manger scenes that i just love on the front porch. mary and baby jesus were to the left of the front door and joseph was to the right. i thought it was funny that the homeowner had split up the special couple. but that wasn't the funniest part. the thing that made me laugh out loud was right there in the midst of the holy family was a big tower of boxes from amazon.com. so maybe that is why they split them up, to make room for the deliveries? i wish i had gotten a picture, because doesn't that say it all about how things are these days?
and as i thought about that, i was reminded of you. and i wanted to tell you that actually, you are always on my mind right now. i know this is a really hard time for you. for anyone who has lost a loved one, christmas can be such a sad season. i keep thinking i am not in the mood for any of it. but maybe that is because i have had it all wrong for so long. when i think about santa, family traditions, old carols and holiday gatherings, the absence of jake is so evident and painful. but when i can think beyond this earth, if i can just try to keep in the forefront of my mind that the whole reason we celebrate this holiday is because christ came to save jake, to bring him to heaven because he loves him so much and because of christmas we will see him again because he loves us too. if i can just keep that perspective and try not to focus on the fluff, then i really do want to celebrate. joy to the world, i get it...joy! because we will live forever. joy. because we will see jake again. thank God. and merry christmas. the real one.
since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. colossians 3:1,2