The Daily Prompt for Christmas was to take a moment at noon and think about what you felt, then write about it later, when you had some quiet time.
My inspiration for this post came from something I continued to hear repeated as i enjoyed family gatherings and an uncharacteristic day at home for Christmas Day. The continuing theme was for everyone but me to say “This just doesn’t feel like Christmas”. It got me to ruminating on what Christmas should feel like.
It certainly is not running around for the five weeks prior collecting a pile of gifts no one we give to needs. Sure, we all want and like the shiniest, newest of things, but do we really need them. No, we do not in most cases. I realize we outgrow or wear our clothes out, but there is so many more items that are bought in the name of gifting that are so unnecessary.
In my experience Christmas feels more real this year than it has for quite some time. Perhaps it is because I got a good taste of what it meant to truly give from within. I know anyone who reads my writing is probably tired of hearing me go on about the mission trip to Belize, but it really had a significant impact on all that went. We saw people happy with much less than what we take for granted.
I feel like my heart was opened in a differnt way as God showed me such a wonderful place and a people that were praising him amidst a situation we might consider deplorable or untenable. It makes you understand the perception that people living in the most developed country are elitist snobs. It also shows why helping other nations is an imperative duty.
I feel like I haqve been refreshed and refocused in my faith journey and look forward to starting the new year with a stronger focus. I will psot several more thoughts about the trip as well as many faith based writings in the weeks to come. I invite you, gentle reader, back to this space for those insights into my heart.