I didn’t publish a post for Christmas, and a few of you have asked me about that. It’s not that I’m less aware of the Lord at Christmas. If anything, I’m more aware, and somehow putting up a message in this place seems awkward, seems disingenuous given my rhetoric which to me makes things plain but to others may be construed as rotten. But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe it doesn’t matter, and it’s possible to be very candid and still convey my heart for others as a follower of Christ. Make that flawed follower of Christ. Then again, the verse that keeps beating in my head is, “…whatever is not from faith is sin.” I hope that explains it.
Christmas is almost on us, and maybe you want to buy some Armitage memorabilia for a fellow fan? Oh you don’t want to stop there? You want to buy something for yourself as well? I’ve got the place for you, and you don’t even have to leave the house. What could be better than that?
No, forget I asked that. I can see you have visions of Richard Armitage in your living room. I wish I could help you with that, but I haven’t been able to do that for myself and doubt I can do it for you. But there is something that might soothe your need for things Armitage AND help with some good causes at the same time. And did I mention you don’t have to leave the house? Okay, yeah, I did, but it bears repeating. Especially to someone like me who hates shopping.
Agzy is having a silent auction of things Armitage to benefit Richard Armitage’s Just Giving pages. It’s already started, and you can check out the details here. And when I said you don’t have to leave the house, I meant you don’t even have to pay the cost of leaving the house. If you win a bid, the shipping costs will be covered by those who donated the items. As someone who has shipped items all over the world, I can tell you this is a huge perk of the auction. But stop reading this and go over and check it out!
Photo snaffled from WorldofArmitage tumblr
Last night I went to a Christmas Eve service at the church house, and it was one of the best I’ve ever attended. It wasn’t that there was beautiful pomp to embrace. There was no pomp. It was people coming through the doors as themselves and feeling they were meeting friends because they were! Oh, it was a motley crew to be sure, but all the more special because of it. God doesn’t make cookie cutters.
When I was a kid, I had visions of church being like this and especially a place where the brokenhearted could come and know there was peace, joy and love because God was there. I saw it last night in a way that made even my dreams pale.
All of this has me wondering once again what others think about the phrase “Merry Christmas.” Of course it can mean the fun of the holiday, or the kindness that’s often shown in lavish amounts more than the rest of the year, or it’s an amenity. But too often it’s associated with something stilted and dare I say, religious. I heard Richard Armitage say he’s not religious. I’m not either, and I mean that in the sense I rarely feel compelled to observe rituals in my relationship with the Lord. His magnificence is simply there and He’s not going away. Hallelujah! It makes me want to share it and say Merry Christmas everyday!
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NOTE: for some reason unknown to me, the singer of this song followed me on Twitter this week. Maybe she’s a Richard Armitage fan. Whatever the case, I chuckled when I saw her twitter come up. Maybe she’ll figure out what a crazy place this is and quit following me (may have already), but I’m glad she’s done it long enough to remind me of the greatest gift I’ve received or ever will.
A couple of weeks ago TheQueen and I were here:
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see these guys performing, but we did enjoy the most posh “outdoor” restroom in New York while we were there:
For the uninitiated all of this is in Bryant Park, which is behind the New York Public Library in Manhattan. And it’s one of my absolute favorite places in the City. I told TheQueen she has to return in good weather.
More about the trip in a later post. For now, I hope you all have a wonderful evening!
…to all of you, and to those who are sick or down or who cannot make sense of what this world is all about, the Lord came to us and still does today. My thankfulness for that is beyond words.
Something for your spirits and for mine:
I’ll be back with snark sometime soon.