Uncomfortable Joy

A Christmas Story…

As a kid my Christmas often came with a 10-hour winter car ride from Oklahoma City to the sandhills of Nebraska. Dad and Mom had to use every cubic inch to load in a family of 7, a dog named Tico, and a weeks’ worth of cold weather gear all layered on top of Santa’s secret payload. We drove all night, and Dad hoped we would sleep most of the way. It was usually early morning when we piled out at Grandma and Grandpa’s farm of haystacks, cattle, chickens, one old horse named Trig, and Toots the cow dog. For me it was the excitement and adventure of the city kid in the country. Christmas was my joy.

I wonder if Mom and Dad and my older brother and sisters enjoyed the trip as much… My guess is it was a pretty uncomfortable night and exhausting week, yet worth it for the payoff of Christmas with family.

Christmas was born in the uncomfortable settings of a long, dusty trip, crowds of strangers, and no bed. Still, imagine a young mom who for the first time, holds a child on Christmas Day. Such a life changing reality, such awesome joy.

We remember each Christmas, past and present, uniquely because of the joyful and uncomfortable moments each brings. The presence of light, the light of the world for example, shines through each one allowing us to see more clearly Christmas is about Christ. Christmas begins what Easter celebrates, Immanuel, God with us, Matthew 1:23.

So, let’s take a moment, appreciate the lights, and experience once again, that uncomfortable joy of Christmas.

From all of us at Achilles Group

Have a Joy Filled Christmas!

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