Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Of Hairballs, Mice, & Redemption

Dear John,
 
Christ is born! Glorify Him!
 
The Nativity liturgy was wonderful. I got home around 1:30 this morning and got to bed around 3:30. I slept until 9:30, and have had a nice, slow, lazy day.
 
Still scorning secular Christmas . . .
I did a much better job this year of separating the Nativity from Secular Christmas. It helps to work alone in a basement office. The only shopping I've done since Thanksgiving has been regular grocery trips. And as my radio stations have gone to nothing but Christmas music, I switched over to CDs. I haven't seen any of the Christmas movies this year. I saw the first part of White Christmas, then turned it off. I wasn't in the mood for a sentimental happy ending.
 
Avoiding all of this made it so much easier to focus on the Nativity. And that is even more joyful for me than it was before. The Incarnation is the first step toward our redemption, the great act of love for mankind. The Nativity of Christ began the events that made our salvation possible - it's why you're in Heaven now, and why I can hope to join you there. It is beyond human grasp, beyond our concepts - Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One. We can affirm it; we can't understand it. For our sake, the eternal God was born as a little child.
 
So, while I scorn secular Christmas, and avoid the pain it brings to me now, I joyfully embrace the Feast of the Nativity. Christ is born! Glorify Him!
 
Eager to join you,
Joan.

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