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Monday Musings – 12/12/11

Fifty – two Christmases…

This week I stood in front of the mirror trimming hairs where they should not grow and wondering why hair drops out where it should stay.  I turned to my wife and said, growing older is quite unique!

As I pondered that “aging” moment, I began to think of the fact that I am about to celebrate my fifty second Christmas.  It would take a book, not a blog, to pen all of the Christmas memories.  The following are a few.

Thinking that I could hear Santa and his sleigh on the roof and trying to fall asleep so that he would leave my gifts under the tree.  The Mann/MacKnight overnight train trip to 164 Lansdowne St., Campbellton, New Brunswick to spend Christmas with Tom and Annie MacKnight.  My first Christmas gift to my new bride, a state of the art crepe pan, Teflon no less!  What I thought was a practical gift, though accepted graciously, should have been wrapped around my head.  Having my kids leave M&M’s and a glass of milk for Santa because Dad (I mean Santa) loves M&M’s.  Watching our family dog, Buster, guard his gifts under the tree, opening them Christmas morning and then spending the rest of the day growling at anyone who tried to come near them.  Oh the memories!

The twenty-first Christmas is remembered for a different reason.  I drove my grandparents (Tom and Annie MacKnight) to my brother’s home in Montreal.  We all woke up Christmas morning and tried to put on our brave face but as we gathered in the living room, our bravery soon turned to tears.  It was the first Christmas without Mom and Dad, who had died suddenly in a car accident one month before.  There is no guarantee that all Christmases will be filled with joy, but I can guarantee you that mourning will eventually turn to dancing if you keep Jesus as the center of your life.

Well, the hair may be growing where it shouldn’t or it may be leaving places it should stay, it may even be turning color, but one thing remains constant – Jesus is still the reason for the season!

This will be my last blog of 2011.  Let me take this opportunity to wish you and yours a wonderful Jesus centered Christmas and God sized New Year of fresh opportunities.  Thank you for your faithful readership of my blog this year.  I look forward to sharing new adventures, insights and observations in 2012.

May Jesus be the center of your joy this Christmas season!

Until next time…

Don

Taking risks for Kingdom impact!

www.reinventingthechurch.com

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