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  • Sarah Beth Dippel



Is it Christmas yet?

Yesterday, I cooked sticky toffee pudding and mama's holiday staple, Spinach Madeline. I served them both with a glazed pork loin and roasted fall vegetables. The table was set with our wedding napkins, tablecloth, and my husband and I ate dinner by candlelight.

Is it Christmas yet?

Before mom and dad headed back home to Louisiana for the winter, we had our own "Christmas day" with a full Christmas dinner and one of our favorite Christmas movies, Christmas with the Kranks. Who doesn't laugh at Tim Allen and his botox scene?

Is it Christmas yet?

I'm always ready for the holidays. I listen to Christmas music for most of the year. My husband and I got married at Christmas because we both love Christmas. The evergreens and twinkling white lights bring us back to joyful memories.

According to the New York Times, many people have turned to the nostalgic movies and music of their youth to help cope with the anxiety of Pandemic life. A reminder of a time when life was simpler.

I keep thinking, this year, the lyrics of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" seem more appropriate than ever before:

Have yourself a merry little Christmas, let your heart be light

Next year all our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas, make the yule-tide gay

Next year all our troubles will be miles away

Once again as in olden days

Happy golden days of yore

Faithful friends who are dear to us

Will be near to us once more

Someday soon, we all will be together, if the fates allow

Until then, we'll have to muddle through somehow

So have yourself a merry little Christmas now

Those olden days, happy golden days, are filled with joy and memories of days that we long to return. In today's Gospel, Jesus asks the blind man standing before Him, "What do you want me to do for you?" It seems so obvious what the blind man wants, Lord! But Jesus wants him to ask for what he needs, "Lord, please let me see." To which Jesus responds, "Have sight; your faith has saved you." (Luke 18:41-42) Happy golden days.

But, Judy, we don't need to muddle through. The Lord asks us to turn to Him, the Savior of the World, to ask Him to help us when the anxiety and disappointments of pandemic life become too much. And to celebrate Him, sometimes it's on a Tuesday in September or a Sunday in November, but we glorify Him and the blessings He has given to us. Let your heart be light. Make the yule-tide and everyday gay. Have sight. Your faith will save you.

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