With all the "merry christmas" arguments from coffee cups to sensitivities, I sit here at a local McDonald's hearing the words repeatedly, "Merry Christmas." My thoughts begin to probe, "Just what makes a Christmas merry?" Vivid images flood my mind blocking out the activities around me at this moment; merry . . . hum . . . what's so merry about "MERRY?"
My Grandson opening his singing Christmas card. Repeating the words over and over again, "Santa Claus is comin to town" for the past three days, that's MERRY! Mom and dad still frown a bit at me for buying him that card as he repeats the phrase over and over again to the 3rd power!
Watching a little foster-girl clasp a dolly as it emerges from the Christmas' wrapping. She looks at me with smiling eyes, clutching the little dolly to her equally little body; MERRY!
Another grandson jumping up and down giddily with joy as he unwraps, "What I've always wanted" is pretty MERRY too!
Watching another grandson and his dad, my son, assemble a Hot Wheels race track. Watching my son be the dad I never enjoyed to a son, my grandson, who will never know that emptiness; MERRY!
Shooting his indoor basketball into the indoor basketball hoop his papa helped assemble, and playing B-ball with my foster-grandson; MERRY!
Witnessing grandchildren literally scream for joy opening their gifts; MERRY!
Sitting down for Christmas Dinner with eight little one's dressed in the Christmas pajamas; MERRY!
And, during our early Christmases this year, as our sons and their families live all over the United States, being able to give all thirteen of my grandchildren a huge papa-hug; MERRY! Very Very MERRY indeed!
So much of "Merry Christmas" revolves around children. Maybe that's why God chose to reveal His amazing love in such an infant-infantile innocent way: THE BABE IN THE MANGER. That's MERRY! And, for me, it's the best MERRY of ALL!
MERRY CHRISTMAS to you, your family, and friends.
Just my thoughts,
Don was born in North Minneapolis, Minnesota. Having served twenty-two years in South Africa as missionaries with his wife Kathy, and eight years pastoring in the United States, he shares unique perspectives about life, family, relationships, and ministry.