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Topic: Home for Christmas (11/20/08)
TITLE: 5 Kernels of Corn
By Birga Alden
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After many back and forth conversations, I was mad and hurt that there wasn’t more flexibility by everyone else. Couldn’t they see that I was doing the best I could? A final decision had been reached, and it look liked there was no way for us to all be together. Two homes would host two meals, at the same time.
Brooding in my self-absorbed bubble, my mind began to wander to Christmas Eve, then Christmas Day. . . New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day. AHHHHHH! How could this ever work out?
Then I heard a radio program about the pilgrims. Freezing and diseased, they unearthed a kettle full of corn kernels. Having no other provisions, they rationed out 5 kernels per person. And day after day, through the long winter season, that was all there was to eat; 5 kernels of corn—and they were grateful!
Disgusted by my attitude, I re-examined the upcoming holidays. Thank you Lord that we have so much family in town, we must use two homes to celebrate! Thank you Lord that my grandparents are still alive. Thank you Lord that even with cancer, my aunt will be at our table.
And once the turkey and sweet potatoes are put into the fridge, the pie has been eaten and the dishes washed, my daughters will be eagerly waiting to put up the Christmas tree. Lord, help me to see the joy in their faces and eagerly decorate our home that we may usher in the celebration of your birth. Whether it be Christmas, or one of the other 364 days of the year, let it be apparent that: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
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