There are 29 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. Twenty-nine days to devote to God's glory -- or to get distracted by secularization, and the way things can so easily spin out of control for me during this season, I'm almost paralyzed with fear that it will prove to be the latter, again, rather than the former. So, I've given myself a challenge.
Instead of being entangled by the clamor and glitter that threatens to suck the joy out of each one of those days, I will write and share musings, wanderings, praises, and prayers to mark the season that begins with giving thanks and ends with worshiping (mas) the Christ child. I hope to post each day of December -- sort of like my own little Advent calendar, but I probably won't, so don't make any important appointments by it. Of course, the only place to start will be with some summary thoughts on Thanksgiving.
So freely the Divine has given to us, and so incapable am I, in my flesh, of giving back! Without His transforming gift of love, I can't even elicit the desire to give, or desire the better things, or give thanks when graced with His inestimable gift. Though they may never be as celestial as the praise of angels or magnificent as the proclamations of Paul, I trust that in His redeeming way, the words shared here will be found acceptable to the glory, praise and gratitude that is due our merciful and benevolent God and Savior.
What's a challenge without parameters? First and foremost, this goal has to be centered on and spring to life from the word of God or what I write will be nothing more than vain repetitions and food offered to idols. Secondly, I am the primary recipient of reminders and exhortations. I'm not commenting on others' holiday traditions or celebration decisions. Finally, may the meditations of my heart, and the conversations of my life be for God's glory and the solace and encouragement of His children.
If you are stirred to respond with thoughts or mullings of your own, please free to comment or share on a post!
From Thanks2Giving '17
Return to Thinking again
December 1: Being a Pilgrim for Christmas
December 2: Craving Christmas, Desiring Christ
December 3: Strangers on Christmas Day
December 4: Hail Redemption's Happy Dawn!
December 5: Eureka!
December 6: O Henry, the Magi, and the Gift
December 7: Christmas Impersonators
December 8: This Year's Best Christmas Ad?
December 9: Why So Much Joy?
December 10: Where is the Method in the Madness?
December 11: Waiting for Redemption
December 12: Winter for a Reason
December 13: A Special Little Christmas
December 14: Mary and Holy Merriment
December 15: The Christmas Eve Truce
December 16: His Name Shall Be Jesus
December 17: C.B. and the Meaning of Christmas
December 18: Peace, Not Peace
December 19: Moonless Darkness Stands Between
December 20: He Makes Room for Us
December 21: Speaking of Glory . . .
December 22: A Christmas Carol That's Not About Christmas
December 23: Lessons Learned from Lean Christmases
December 24: All My Heart This Night Rejoices
December 25: The Neverending Gift Exchange
A Concluding Note: Do Not Open Until Christmas 2016
Laura Miller, home for the holidays