Day 23: Hollow Day
The needles of the CHRISTMAS tree are beginning to cover the floor.
The ornaments are ready to fall off of the now weakened branches.
The outside garland and bows are beginning to droop.
The shelves at the store are emptying as they make room for valentines day.
The Hallmark Christmas specials are being replaced with football games
because they are
GETTING TIRED OF CHRISTMAS.
Are you getting tired of CHRISTMAS as we are only days before the big day?
The pressure rising to get everything done,
because what if you don’t get everything done,
What if you don't buy the present?
What if you don't get the cookies baked?
What if you don't feel like falalalalal-ing this week because you are tired of CHRISTMAS?
I am tired of CHRISTMAS as I am tired of hearing the words~
“I have so much to get done."
"What can I get for him or her.”
“I only have ___ days left to shop.”
The words that turn CHRISTMAS into a
a day without
This morning I feel "hollow" and am thinking what is wrong with me,
because I am not “feeling” CHRISTMAS.
I can't conjure up the "feelings "of CHRISTMAS~
the excitement as a child waiting to see what Santa is going to bring.
That childlike CHRISTMAS spirit
of great anticipation and great expectation ..
leading to joy as soon as I see the gifts.
But as an adult, I no longer wait for Santa to come,
so does that mean I no longer have great anticipation and great expectation?
It all depends on where I am placing my
My HOPE is not in what is seen, not in what present I am going to buy or receive.
or whether I get everything done on my to do list.
My HOPE is not in a day.
My JOY returns this morning as I
look up at the star on my tree
that leads me to the sleeping
BABY IN THE MANGER~
Who is my HOPE.
The ONE who takes the
out of my moments of the day.
I may be tired of CHRISTMAS,
but that doesn’t mean I am tired of
CHRIST, the One who my eyes need to be fixed.
who has transformed this heart of mine into the heart of a child,
a child filled with great anticipation and expectation for all the
BABY has for me..
HE is the GIFT I open
today, tomorrow and the day after that.
who takes the hollow out of my every day.
My JOY has returned as my heart is filled with
the Reason for the Season,
JESUS is the only GIFT of CHRISTMAS.
Are you tired of CHRISTMAS?
Is it a just a Hollow Day?
May your today & tomorrows
be filled with the
HOPE, PEACE & JOY
of the Birth of
THE CHRIST CHILD
"THIS IS CHRISTMAS"
(listen to the song below)