The Christmas season seems to come earlier and earlier each year, doesn’t it?
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.
Are you a morning person?
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown to appreciate mornings more and more. Dare I say, I even like them now.
That hasn’t always been the case, though. For most of my life I’ve wished days would start at noon.
My daughter has been learning how to play the ukulele at school.
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.
There’s an old hymn I really like titled “Come thou fount.” Maybe you know 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.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds…
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.