This video (with no intentional connection to Christmas) makes me think of the way Christmas should be: people appreciating and celebrating life by showing beauty and love to those closest to them as well as to strangers.
I have the song Awake my Soul by Mumford & Sons stuck in my head. It describes me right now to a T.
…How fickle my heart and how woozy my eyes
I struggle to find any truth in your lies…
Christmas has come and gone. We went to two services on Christmas Eve because my mama and sister were singing. On Christmas morning we managed to sleep until 10am (much to the chagrin of my twelve year old sister who eagerly waited for us to wake up to open presents).
Both services were beautiful. I snuck one picture when we lit our candles, but kept my camera in my lap.
I have mixed feelings about Christmas. I love Jesus: the hope, the compassion, and the love. But I believe that part of Christmas should be celebrated all year long.
…Lend me your hand and we’ll conquer them all
But lend me your heart and I’ll just let you fall
Lend me your eyes I can change what you see…
I find so much truth in this song by Mumford & Sons. This song specifically speaks to my confusion with christianity & our culture. I hate the pressure to buy gifts for the people I love and the constant message that we all need more stuff. It makes me wish the Christmas season over. For most retail businesses, the money they make in the weeks leading up to Christmas keeps them afloat the rest of the year. So Christmas, a holiday where we should be celebrating the birth of a child who came to show the world how to love, is actually what keeps our consumer culture alive and strong. So twisted.
…But your soul you must keep, totally free…0