Note: Today’s Teachable Moment was written by my late sister’s youngest son, Josh. He and his wife (Taylor) recently had their first child (Caleb), making my parents great grandparents for the first time.
It was Christmas Day and we had almost arrived at our destination. We drove over the hill and there, on the other side, was one of my very favorite views in the entire world: the golden arches of McDonald’s. No, a Big Mac didn’t top my Christmas list this year. These particular arches have served as a sort of lighthouse to me for the past 30+ years. When I see that beautiful, yellow ‘M’ I know we’re almost to my grandparents’ house!
As my wife and I drove into Smalltown, USA, memories of seeing our “lighthouse” – and the excitement that came with it – came pouring back into my mind. You see, despite what certain amusement parks in Florida and California may claim, I’m convinced that my grandparents’ house is the happiest place on earth.
Over the years, Christmas time at my grandparents’ has been the catalyst of a lot of happiness. The laughs are frequent and the food never-ending (including over 100 dozen of Grandma’s cookies annually). The card games are constant and the carols mostly on key. And the people? Well, they are truly special. This year meant even more as we brought their first great grandchild to the happiest place on earth for his first Christmas.
As we pulled into the driveway, I looked at the house – filled with the same excitement I had as a child – and wondered, “How can this ordinary house in such a small town mean so much to me?” — even though I already knew the answer.
It’s not the laughs or the food, the games or the songs. It’s not even really the people, as wonderful as they are. It’s what ties all the other things together to create something so special. It’s what makes the nearly thousand mile trip less than an afterthought: Love.
Love is what makes my grandparents’ house a home, our relatives a family and this small town better than any amusement park.
Love is what – or should I say who – makes the holiday season, Christmas.
This year, I was reminded once again, that Christ uses the small and seemingly insignificant to make the biggest statements. That first Christmas, Love came down in the form of a vulnerable baby — Himself born in a small, ordinary town. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think there was nothing special about that night. And without Love, there wouldn’t have been.
Whatever your Christmas experience looked like this year, I pray Love showed up like He did some two thousand years ago and made the ordinary much, much more.
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his uniquely existing Son so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost but have eternal life. (John 3:16, ISV)
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