Sunday, December 6, 2009

Monday 12/7/09 - "LIVING CHRISTMAS TREES"

"LIVING CHRISTMAS TREES"

"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.

Prayer Girl

13 comments:

Marla said...

Your posts are always so positive and such good reminders about what is important.

Lou said...

It took our AlAnon potluck to get me into the season. But still I want to keep it simple, and spend more time with the people I love. So much of the trappings don't seem to matter to me anymore.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

That sounds like the most wonderful experience. Last year we went to a live nativity with a friend and his little girls. It was so beautiful and well the spirit of Christmas and the meaning was carried so well by really talented people sharing "the good news" with the world. :)

Shadow said...

oh, i'm so far behind on christmas preparations, buuuuut, for now all i can say, all in good time...

Andrea said...

I am always blessed to travel by here.
andrae

Brian Miller said...

and with that thought, it will...

we have a living christmas tree at the large baptist church in our area...never been...perhaps i will check it out...

Akannie said...

Beautiful post as usual, PG. In Hendersonville they always had the Living Tree as well and I always loved seeing it.

We are SO on the same page today! lol I am getting ready to vacuum and dust so I can bring out the decos for inside. I did get the garland and wreaths up outside on Saturday. It looks very holiday-ish, outside at least. And we had a lovely blanket of snow last night just to ice the cake. I am getting (slowly but surely) into the spirit.
Yesterday we had an Area Assembly at a hospital just past the Lady of the Snows Shrine. We are going back one night soon to see their Way of Lights, I've heard it's one of the most beautiful in the area.

Here's a big (((HUG))) for you, my friend.

xoxoxox

Gabriella Moonlight said...

PG what a truly brilliant post...it is God for who the advent is brought forth and for us to notice the lights within the dark!

I would love to see you in your "christmas top" and outfit, I bet you looked stunning!

I hope the tree putting up goes well and your new doggy friend isn't partial to them or their lovely little items to play with as ours can be? LOL!

Much love,
Gabi

Mama Zen said...

Merry Christmas, Prayer Girl!

Pete Hoge said...

Alleluia.

If only God came first
in the shopping malls and
crass displays of gushy
Xmas spirit.

I turn it all over and
await Xmas eve service.

For some of us everyday
is the birth of Christ and
we get on our knees and
ask for His protection in
keeping us sane enough to
live sober.

Pete.

Syd said...

We haven't started decorating yet either. I guess that it's mainly for nostalgia that we decorate as our family is now so small.

clean and crazy said...

awesome!! i have never seen a living tree like this before!! thanks for sharing, of course my tree is up!!

Tall Kay said...

I let myself off the hook this year and decided it's okay not to decorate at all. I just don't have the energy. I would love to see The Living Tree show. It sounds like a good time was had by all.