A Merry Christmas

Christmas at the bankThe night was crisp and clear. Between two very cloudy days, the Lord blessed us with a cool and beautiful Christmas Day–and night. I stood in an apartment complex looking up at the night sky. Between two towering apartment buildings against the velvet of deep purple sky, hung a full moon, radiating its calm, bright light. It was wonderful to behold.

After enjoying one another’s company, exchanging gifts on Christmas Eve and punching in a full day’s work of teaching, we had taken the opportunity to take the Christmas spirit a little farther–downtown–to a neighbor family. We sang Silent Night, Hark the Herold Angels Sing, Joy to the World and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. The familiar strains rang among the buildings, radiating (much like the moon) both joy and peace. When the last song was finished the family came out to greet us with warm hugs and words of appreciation.

In making the night a special night for someone else, it become just as meaningful for us and the ancient carols reached their target once again, this time in a home on the others side of the world from my own.


  1. James December 27, 2007 at 8:28 am #

    We also noticed the full moon on Christmas Eve. When we looked through the dining room window (through the screen made of tiny squares), the light radiating from it appeared in the shape of a cross! It was amazing to behold.

  2. Esther December 27, 2007 at 2:35 pm #

    Caroling is a great way to spread the Christmas joy! A group from Miracle Meadows School came and caroled to us. It was the first time I ever remember being caroled too. Very special.

  3. Robert December 27, 2007 at 11:51 pm #

    What an enjoyable Christmas night! Miracle Meadows came over and caroled to us the other evening and it was beautiful to hear the beautiful strains of Christmas songs resonating through the chilly night air. I can just picture myself there with you, Donald. Glad to hear that you had such a wonderful Christmas. Hope you have a very happy New Year!

  4. Don and Donna Staddon January 6, 2008 at 7:02 pm #

    Donald, the same lovely moonlight came shining in our dining room window on Christmas Eve. Knowing you were looking at the same sight makes you seem not so far away.

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