"Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me. It is an uncomfortable doctrine which the true ethics whisper into my ear. You are happy, they say; therefore you are called upon to give much." -Albert Schweitzer
I am happy. This evening I went with a sponsee and a group of other friends to the annual production of the Living Christmas Trees put on by the largest Baptist church around. I used to belong to this church when it was smaller. It is an elaborate, very professional, and primarily all volunteer show. It is produced each year for the express purpose of carrying the good news of Christ and salvation. Every year they seem to outdo themselves with their production and this year was no exception. It usually marks the turning point of my "getting into the Christmas spirit".
A group of us went out to eat at a Jason's Deli after the performance. This was a delightful experience. I knew my sponsee friend who had invited me and had the opportunity to meet others I did not already know. It felt good to be a part of this happening. I enjoyed a Turkey Reuben sandwich and tomato basil soup.
I have had so many other things on my mind that Christmas has been only barely on the radar screen. No tree up yet, no Christmas lists made or shopping yet, no decorating yet - until tonight when I put on my "Christmas top" with black pants and heels and went to the performance.
I will need to begin straightening up before I can even think about putting up the tree. Maybe this week will bring enough motivation to do this.
I know I need to go into the silence and talk to God. I need to put him in the center of this season and the center of each day. This message was also included in the theme of the Living Christmas Trees - that Christmas is all about God's gift to us. If I remember this simple message I am sure this Christmas will be a wonderful one.
God bless all of you bloggers.
Peace, love, and prayers.