Why we skip over Thanksgiving and go straight to Christmas

The Christmas season seems to come earlier and earlier each year, doesn’t it?

Why we skip over Thanksgiving

I mean, it’s not even Thanksgiving and stores are dressed in red and green. Trees with giant silver and gold balls line city streets.

Car companies have been encouraging us to make it a “December to remember” since the end of October.

Candy canes have replaced candy corn at the grocery store.

Lean on me

My daughter has been learning how to play the ukulele at school.

Lean on me

They’ve been working on the song “Lean on Me.”

She and I have been singing that song together for a while now. We even looked up the lyrics to be sure we were getting the words right.

I don’t know about you, but I tend to mishear the words in a song. For example, when I was a kid I remember listening to this old Kenny Rogers tune.

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it…

There’s an old hymn I really like titled “Come thou fount.” Maybe you know it.

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it...

It’s a beautiful song, and there’s a pretty well-known line I really connect with.

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love.”

You see, I have wandered from the God I love many times in my life. Daily in fact, either in thought or in action.

Sometimes love is completely nuts. But sometimes, it’s completely nut free.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds…

Sometimes love is completely nuts. But sometimes, it's completely nut free.

I wouldn’t say that verse in James is one of my favorites.

I mean, when I need some joy in my life, I don’t usually throw up prayers asking for trials. Do you?

Recently though, I got a great reminder on the impact trials can have in our lives.