I passed a street musician on the way to work today who had a sign in his guitar case that said:
On Christmas day love was born".
Seems like that love filters even into our busy schedules. As long as we don't let this season to turn into a shopping spree season, the miracle is in the air. In the last couple of days I've seen so many little expressions of love and thoughtful ways of thinking beyond ourselves.
Church collecting money for orphanages in India. Our complex manager collecting presents for abused children. Visiting people in hospitals. Thinking of those who really need something but can't afford.
Since the weather here is so hot, we've been desperately creating the Christmas atmosphere in every other way possible. We have been listening to some of the most amazing music, I highly suggest "Rosie Thomas" "A Very Rosie Christmas" - the whole album brings the old Christmas songs into a new light with a little bit jazzy and bluesy overtones but "Silent Night" trumps them all. I can honestly say that I have never heard this song done any better.
Yesterday we went to the Church Christmas concert. There was free hot dogs, cotton candy, slurpees, clowns that entertained the kids and smiles on people's faces. There were people lined up in a long line outside, waiting to get in. And it was so worth it! I was proud to be a part of the church - it was an amazing concert!
Most of all, I try to listen to the words in the Christmas songs. At the end of the day, there is no point in this season, if you don't believe that Christ really was born. My wish these Christmas for all those who don't believe in God, to accept, if just for a moment, the love, tenderness, gentleness and acceptance of God's love. That, to me, is the miracle of Christmas.