Well… It’s Christmas… but a strange Christmas for us. We aren’t bundled up… we aren’t trying to keep the salt off our car from the streets… we are warm… and cozy… It’s cold here, for Okinawans! It’s 24C today, with 65% humidity, a slight breeze flowing through our apartment. Today I said “Self, enough’s enough! It’s time to put up the Christmas decorations!” So out came the Christmas suitcase, to be freshly unpacked… Up went the tree, the stockings were hung on the keyboard (no fireplace here!) and the nativity scene got set up on our computer desk! With Christmas music playing, decorations up, tree decorated it still doesn’t “feel” like Christmas. I long for the snow… I long for the cold… I long for my nose to freeze when I go outside and my glasses to fog when I come inside… but alas Christmas is not a feeling. Christmas is not the way things look. Christmas is not the songs that play madly in stores (yes they play Christmas music in stores here in Japan), the chaos of the shopping or even the advertising telling us we need to order our KFC for Christmas (now I just need to figure out how to order!). Christmas is not any of those things. Christmas is so much more. It is a celebration of the great sacrifice of our Lord – not His death, but the sacrifice of giving up the comforts of His home, to become infinitely less than He was, yet remaining God all at the same time! He could have caught His first cold ever, gotten cuts and bruises, been tempted in ways He had never been. He gave up heaven – life perfected – to come here on earth in a time with no running water, indoor plumbing, movies, CDs, or MP3s. He was born a baby – He didn’t arrive fully grown. He had to learn to walk, He had to learn to talk. He had to study, He had to apprentice as a carpenter. He gave up everything He knew so that we could know Him and have a relationship with Him, His Spirit and His Heavenly father! I guess, in light of His sacrifice, I can give up the snow and the cold…

Merry Pre-Christmas!


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