Let's Just Celebrate
My whole family is downstairs. Three great kids who aren't kids anymore. A mother-in-law whose husband died in June. A wife who's been by my side for 28 years, through 10 moves, 5 cities, the starting of a non-profit, endless weeks of travel during the 90's, and more recently, the sense that 'change is in the air' as our children mature and move into their own spheres more and more fully.
If you've not noticed, there's a side of me that can sometimes be terribly introspective, dark even. But I can only go down that hole so far before I'm reminded that, though all questions will never be answered, all injustices never made right, all relationships perfected, there are about a million things waiting for me to cherish and enjoy, right now, right here, if I'll just stop analyzing things and instead simply taste life for what it is. Then I find:
1. the beauty of sunshine this morning while running after a conspicuous absence of it over the past weeks for me, both here and in Europe.
2. the ducks at the lake
3. special Christmas coffee my son acquired from a favorite haunt of his, French pressed this morning into a glorious cup of Sumatra.
4. Christmas carols
5. cookies baking
6. cookie dough
7. good health
8. everyone having fun downstairs preparing gifts - doors closed, typewriter clicking, laughter
9. a house in which to live, the walls of which have now accumulated more memories than I'll ever be able to recall, most of them overwhelmingly positive and joy filled.
11. ornaments hanging from a tree that testify to our family story, and God's faithful provision, sustaining mercy, and great gifts given us along the way.
12. the knowledge that tonight, friends will gather here for a tradition of singing carols, both in the house and in the neighborhood
13. the gift of Christ - freer, gladder, more generous and patient, than I'll ever fully know
...the list could go on, but I supposed I'll just stop and say that I hope God will open our eyes to the gifts that are all around us so that we simply stop for a day or two and enjoy them with gratitude.