My two oldest kids were sick all night and we had to go to the Christmas Eve service at church. My son slept in the pew the whole night. Our skit came off without a hitch [A minor miracle! It was the first time we had gotten it right… somehow we usually manage to pull stuff off when it really matters.] In five minutes, we made the audience laugh and then cry, so I’d say that’s pretty good.
Hubby’s song was awesome. I am still amazed every time that man opens his mouth and beautiful melodies fly out of it. I always pray that he will do well, partly because I love him and want him to succeed. But also because when a song is well-done, it has the power to move you and change you, hopefully to make you better.
Songs created a mood, and an off-note can screw that up completely [sometimes… there have been times when all he could manage was to stand up and cry, and that moved people too.] Horribly off-key voices, for me at least, distract from the message of the song. Which is why I’m really glad that he rarely misses a note [it does happen, just not often.]
At some point [probably after the holidays] he’s going to go to some of the local funeral homes and offer to sing at funerals. It’s a little morbid, I guess, but he loves to sing and would love to be able to do it more. Barring a miracle ‘discovery,’ weddings, funerals, and church services may be the best way to get to do that.
I would love for him to be able to sing for a living, if that’s what he wants. I doubt that he will quit troopin’ any time soon, though. I asked him if he’d quit if we won $10 million from Publisher’s Clearing House, and the answer was a definite ‘no.’ He loves his job, and I’m okay with that. There are times when I let worry for his safety creep in, but I’m usually able to pray about it [and call him to make sure he’s okay and tell him to be extra careful… as if he wouldn’t be otherwise] and let it go.
Anyway, Christmas is here! We were able to get all of our shopping done, and I don’t think the kids will be disappointed.
We will also read the Christmas story from Luke 2, which says
The Birth of Jesus
1At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2(This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3All returned to their own towns to register for this census. 4And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. 5He took with him Mary, his fiancÃÂ©, who was obviously pregnant by this time.
6And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn.
The Shepherds and Angels 8That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, 10but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! 11The Savior–yes, the Messiah, the Lord–has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!”
13Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others–the armies of heaven–praising God:
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors.[a]” 15When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Come on, let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16They ran to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17Then the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20The shepherds went back to their fields and flocks, glorifying and praising God for what the angels had told them, and because they had seen the child, just as the angel had said. [taken from the New Living Translation]
Merry Christmas, all, and have a blessed New Year!