Here's the introduction to an advent devotional which came to me via Facebook last week. Though it's already out-of-date, I couldn't resist sharing it.
"Christmas Anticipation: Eleven shopping days until Christmas! While these words strike terror in the hearts of
shoppers, I don't even break a sweat. My calm Christmas demeanor usually lasts until about Christmas Eve morning. I know of at least three farm stores that are open until noon on that day. And since John Deere has started marketing pink alternatives to their green line of toys and clothing, I really don't see the need for panic. There's not a girl in the world who doesn't dream of farm stuff under the tree."
Lighthearted, yes. And you'll recognize the humor of it even more if I tell you it was written by a farm-bred guy. And you know what they say about that—that you might take the farmer off the farm, but you'll never get the farm out of him—even if he IS about to marry someone who's lived in the city all her life.
The devotional is the first in a series written by that farm guy—at the prompting of the woman he will be marrying next month. She suggested he write and post a mini-meditation each of the twelve days of Christmas, each based on a Christmas carol. This one is based on "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel." The word Emmanuel means "God with us."
The writer helps us see Christmas through a farmer's eyes. Following are a few of his thoughts:
"As we kneel in reverence before a King in a feed trough, we see ourselves surrounded by rich and poor, slave and free, magi and shepherds. No culture, tribe, or nation has ever been able to quiet the restless search for a God who listens from heaven and hears our cries for rescue. O Come, O Come Emmanuel...The prophets foretold it, the angels announced it, the demons resisted it, religion miscalculated it, but nothing in all creation was able to stop God's plan of becoming one of us. Emmanuel is here—God with us! REJOICE."
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Willene Tanis is a longtime resident of the Imlay City area and an active volunteer in the community. Many readers find her 'Perspectives' column to universal and uplifting.