That has to be one of my all time favorite Christmas songs.. the haunting melody, the beautiful ballad. You can almost hear the Grinch’s heart softening as the song plays on. Maybe that is the reason I like that movie… it depicts a character who is so mean and so cruel and so hard.. finally softened by love.
We have had many opportunities for our hearts to get hardened over the years.. near fatal illnesses, job losses, income troubles, marriage difficulties, stress, and the mundane cruddy stuff that we all have to get through. Life is hard. Amen? More than we can take hard. I don’t think I can get out of bed hard. Maybe even I want to be done with it all hard. I have been there.. oh yes, yes I have.
But there is good news amongst the hard stuff of life..
Good good news. News that is meant to bring hope and peace and wonder and joy. But most of all Love… for you know, that is how these hard human hearts get softened.
Jesus and Jesus alone is the only reason I am standing here today.
He and He alone is the reason my heart hasn’t been hardened by life’s trials.
He and He alone is the only reason I want to celebrate Christmas..
And we do.. We drink hot cocoa and watch Christmas movies and snuggle and read our Advent and look at sparkly lights. We decorate our tree. We buy the gifts we can afford. We celebrate. We have fun.. all the while remembering why we get to. 🙂
The Tolson Family wants you to know that we appreciate each and every one of you that has come into our lives. We hope and pray that you get to experience the Love that softens the hardest of hearts.
Have a Christmas celebration full of wonder. 🙂