I think this Christmas more than ever, I have thought a lot about how life doesn't stop just because it's Christmas time. There is, of course, tragedy, that reminds me that Christmas isn't all magical and Santa Claus, and then there is the day to day that sneaks in and reminds me. John is still almost three and getting more spankings, and therefore more hugs and "I love yous" than ever before in his short little life. His bad attitude and tendency toward disobedience doesn't stop because it's Christmas. Sickness and fever and general inconvenience gets added to the mix, and John isn't really in the "Christmas spirit." And I just feel a general heaviness in my heart. But, I think that heaviness at Christmas isn't necessarily inappropriate. It might even make the miracle of Christ coming as a man to rescue us and redeem us even more hopeful, even more miraculous, and even more worth celebrating. He has come because of the weight of this world. And I just keep thinking, "This is not the end of the story!!" He came once and He is coming again. And as Ada and I talk about all the time, the hurt will be over. She asks, "you mean, it won't even hurt when we fall down? And there won't be any more scary dreams?" And little John's heart will want to obey. My heart will want to obey. He is coming again, and he will right this world.
"Advent teaches us, who so desperately want to work to save ourselves, to wait for the One who came to save us and will come again to redeem us."
(found the above quote here--a church we will be visiting in the new year as we draw closer and closer to the "big move.")
Anyway, I really just wanted to post a few pictures of us, the Moore Family, doing our best to celebrate Christmas. And to say, we will be traveling to Alabama for almost a full week, splitting our time between the two families. I wanted to do a quick "check in" before heading out on Christmas day.
And what our house really looks like at Christmas, messy and football on tv (will the football season never end?), and a very haphazardly decorated tree.