The stores are full and so is my bandwidth with all the Christmas shopping.  The lines are long and people are impatient.  I confess to the cashier that I don’t really like shopping. And I’m running late, again.

Jesus still comes.

I can’t eat gluten or sugar or dairy but it’s still the season of Christmas cookies (and Peppermint mochas, but caffeine is also on the naughty list).  Christmas baking commences without the reward of a warm cookie. I’ll just have this apple.

Jesus still comes.

Christmas Eve is the day after the fourth Sunday in Advent.  And, oh yes, I’m having surgery on December 20.  Everything needs to be done early.  The doctor didn’t say I’d have two black eyes, but that’s what everyone else is telling me.  I may need to go shopping for concealer.

Jesus still comes.

The world seems to be falling apart with wars, famines, fires, shootings, tear gas, and a break-down in the institutions we rely on.  And of course, cancer and depression don’t take a holiday.  Will the darkness of bad news overcome the light of the Good News?

Jesus still comes.

But the Christmas music is beautiful as are the Advent anthems.  I find some space to sit and just take it in.

Time pauses for a moment.

And the Christmas tree shines brightly from morning ‘til night.  Even when the sun doesn’t on these dreary days.

The house will be full with family and laughter.  There may not be snow, but it will be Christmas.

The manger is empty, waiting to be filled.

Because Jesus still comes.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.  – John 1:5 (NRSV)

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  1. I love this! Jesus still comes no matter what challenges we may be facing. Praying that the surgery goes well and that you are able to rest and recover over Christmas.

  2. Muskego Glenn

    A pick-me-up for me today. Thanks for your gift.

  3. I’ve just returned to Five Minute Friday after a lengthy break and was so blessed to find your blog my first week back. You mentioned depression, cancer, and surgery, and my heart aches for you. That flat feeling you spoke of in an earlier post (Deep)? I know it too well, and your words touched my heart. I am thankful for your transparency, your honesty, your words. I’ve added you to my prayer list and will be praying for you daily, even more so on the days surrounding your surgery. Prayers for peace, comfort, healing . . . {{{{{hugs}}}}}

    1. Thank you (although I don’t have cancer but know several who have lost loved ones or received a diagnosis this month). May God’s grace abound.

  4. Oh, I love this! So real and so on point for how many of us are feeling. But at some point we do stand still. And yes, Jesus still comes. Nice to meet you, Michelle!

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