It’s the most wonderful time of the year [the song is in your head now, isn’t it]. The mindset most people have around Thanksgiving and Christmas is something we should embrace all year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to see people focused on being thankful, giving to those in need and spending time with family. These are activities that we need to put in play throughout the year.
How much different would your day be if you started, perhaps on your way to work, thinking about all the good in your life? You may come up with one thing or 20. Either way, thinking on such positive meaningful aspects of our life can only do one thing, warm our hearts and lift our spirits. I’m not suggesting the Pollyanna approach, you may have a delightful ride into work and get there only to find the same personnel issues, budgetary problems, or deadlines not being met. This state of mind isn’t meant to have us living in la-la land. It’s merely a manner by which we will approach our day and all that it holds both positive and negative.
What if those who post daily thankful messages in November do it in May (half way between)?
What if we worried as much about the homeless and hungry when they can’t escape the heat as when they can’t escape the cold?
How would this new mindset change ourselves? Our world?
So you know I feel strongly about giving Thanksgiving its due honor. I do. Our lives can get so cluttered that we don’t slow down often enough to give thanks. In protecting this 24-hour vigil of gratefulness, typically I don’t listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. Let’s face it, Christmas music the day after Halloween is a plot by retailers to get us shopping early and often (just ask Lucy from the Peanuts).
Well, this year I caved. The second week of November I was flipping radio stations and there was one of my favorites was playing, “What Child is This?” – such a wonderful melodic song describing the gentleness of our Savior. I was drawn in and then I was hooked. So many of the Christmas songs are as praiseful as many of the worship songs we sing in Church.
Sunday in church we had a guest worship leader, Michael O’Brien, an outstanding pianist and man of God. The pre-Thanksgiving Christmas music listening slope steepened when I found out that his Christ-mas CD was available. UUUGGGHHH. Let’s face it, I didn’t have a chance, there was no going back. The CD is great, and full of Christ-centered music that celebrates His arrival. Check out all of Michael’s music at www.michaelo.org (free shipping).
True confessions, my iphone, ipod and ipad are now fully loaded with Christmas music. You will find me in traffic (when alone in my car) singing at the top of my lungs as if I’m right there with the likes of Margaret Cloud while she sings one of my other favorites, “Oh Holy Night” or with Whitney Houston singing “Little Drummer Boy.” Ok, full confession is that when I’m alone cleaning (or cooking) it’s the whole singing and dancing thing.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, be grateful for the joy that music brings and the transformational message of Christmas.
All the best,
P.S. — The Christmas movies stay in the box until the 29th! I think. I’m going to try…
There were several ideas I worked on for this week but nothing that excited me. Today, January 29th, it was a windy, cloudy, humid, balmy 67 degrees and so I strolled the yard to see how the garden was wintering.
There among the dead remnants of last summer’s colorful splendor, I found hope for the coming spring. It seems the tulips have peeked out to check out the situation for further growth. The site brought immediate encouragement that in spite of the crazy weather — up and down temperatures — the renewal of spring will come.
So, my friend, take a deep breath and relax, the gray blustery, non-snowy winter will serve it’s purpose and move on at the insistence of spring’s arrival.