09 December 2018

Where Are You Christmas ~ Do I Believe in Christmas?


Happy Christmas Dear Reader,

If you ask those who know me well, they may say that I am obsessed concerning Christmas.  When I was younger and so were my children, they called me Captain Christmas.  I did whatever was necessary to make Christmas magical for them. 

When times are lean or hard our circumstances often challenge our beliefs.  When major hurtful changes come, we have to decide if we really believe what we say we do believe.  My losses over the last few months have seriously challenged this. I can feel the war within to be angry and bitter instead of having faith.

Christmas celebration is an outward expression for me of my inward belief.  I have often said that when things go very wrong, if my faith does not work in that moment then it was never working at all.  If I lose what is precious to me and it does not drive me closer to Jesus then I did not have my faith in Christ but in something else.

Without the things that are my outward celebration of Christmas at hand I must decide if I still believe in it or not. When my Children are far away and things are hard for them, do I still wish them great joy and the peace of Christ in the season?  Am I still willing to set aside my pain and wish everyone I meet a Happy Christmas?  Do I forget about what I want and see the needs of others with a heart to give where I can?

If I ever had Christmas in my heart then the answer is a resounding YES.  I do believe.  I will believe.  I will “keep my Christmas spirit to the last.”   It is not the circumstances that determine belief, but rather, my belief that determines who I am in the circumstances. 

Do I miss my trappings and traditions?  Again, the answer is a resounding YES.  Were I able to work my will, I would put it all in place and keep the lessons I am learning.  Since this is not reality, I will show the love that I have in my heart in the ways that I can.  I will work toward finding Christmas in my spirit and in how I am with others.  I will keep Christ as the center of it.

Where are you Christmas?  You are in my heart as deeply as you were when I was a child.  You are in the tears that fall for those I love who do not see Christ as their hope and joy.  You are in the thoughts and questions from my Dear Reader.  You are here every moment of every day if I will only see you and as we said earlier, that comes from believing.  Do you believe in Christmas Dear Reader?  Please tell me about it.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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08 December 2018

Where Are You Christmas ~ Closing of the Year


Happy Christmas Dear Reader,

I see this time of year as both a beginning and a closing.  Even though it is not true, Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year for me.  The Advent of Jesus is the beginning of what gets us to the crucifixion.  I never ponder the cradle without the cross in mind. 

As I spend my days searching for Christmas in moments this year, I find that I am pondering so many other beginnings and endings.  Where I cannot find comfort for the things, I wish for but do not have, I find hope that it will not always be this way.  I find hope in the focusing of my heart on redemption and reclamation.  This hope battles the despair the for so many comes on the heels of sorrow and pain.

When we fail to learn from our misfortunes and count our blessings, we are in great danger of losing hope as well.  In counting my blessings, I find that I have so much more than so many.  This turns my heart toward gratitude instead of want.  It pushes me to consider those in need instead of my own losses.  It hardens my resolve to seek Christmas in the places that are real and lasting so that as I open a new year I do so with a heart that belongs to the one we follow.

In the twenty-three days remaining in the year, I must not waste any of them mourning the loss of things or situations beyond my control.  Those doors, no matter how beautiful they may seem are closed forever.  The past cannot be opened and it is not where I am to live.

What I must do is seek Christmas in every moment.  I must look for the incarnate Son of God in every grain of time that falls through the pinch of the present.  Living his desire for me to treat others with love and kindness every moment is how he is found.

This is also what rips my attention from what I do not have to what I possess in abundance.  I need only follow the Son to find all that I need.  It does not mean that I do not hurt or long for things.  It does mean that there is peace in the pain when I see others in need and do what I can for them. 

Where are you Christmas?  You are in the heart that refuses to see this year as the horrible epithet so many are trying to make it.  Christmas is seeing the blessings that are real even in dark days and on cold nights.  Tell me about the blessings you have had this year Dear Reader.  Your stories and questions are a part of my many blessings in the closing of the year.

Closing of the Year – Wendy and Lisa

If I cannot bring you comfort
Then at least I bring you hope
For nothing is more precious
Than the time we have, and so

We all must learn from small misfortunes
Count the blessings that are real
Let the Bells ring out for Christmas
At the closing of the year

Let the Bells Ring out for Christmas
At the closing of the year

Up on the knees of a Sergeant Major
Ride through the woods with the wind in your hair
Silver bells on a golden reindeer
As they race to the castle over there

If I cannot bring you comfort then at least I bring you hope

Now all the winter bells are ringing
Hear them echo through the snow
And the children’s' voices singing
On the streets so far below

This is a time to be together
And the truth is somewhere here
Within our love of people
At the closing of the year

We'll walk in the sun
With all of the faith
And all of the Patience
All of the way
With all of us right
And all of us saying
"No one an island"
We'll fly in the arms of time
Walk in the waves, never fall
Don't fall....

At the closing of the year...
At the closing of the year!
If I cannot bring you comfort, then at least I bring you hope
Then at least I bring you hope....

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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07 December 2018

Where Are You Christmas ~ Hard Candy Christmas


Happy Christmas Dear Reader,

One of my Christmas traditions is to read through The Little Book of Christmas Joys by H. Jackson Brown.  It is one of those gifts that I received many years ago that I still cherish.  It is a good gift to give someone if you are looking.  I can recommend some other books as well (wink, wink).

This year Christmas is very lean.  My stability is on the edge of a knife.  This is not a complaint but an honest assessment.  In that little book was this reminder.  “Don’t despair if you are short of cash.  Be Creative.  Looking back, you’ll discover that the Christmases when you had the least money were the ones that left you with the best memories.”

I am working on the creative part.  I refuse to allow my joy at Christmas to be determined by my circumstances.  I am having to search for Christmas in new ways.  Seven days into December I see some hope but still have no answers.  I am missing people that I love but refuse to love them less or despair over their absence. 

Still there are the eddies and undercurrents of sorrow that attempt to eat away at my foundation as they flow through my soul.  Where then is Christmas in this sorrow?  It is in remembering that in hard times that are also Christmas there is still joy to be found.  Christ is still there and his incarnation is still the path to redemption for us all.  One of the places I find Christmas is in knowing that this celebration will eventually be with all those I love and completely free of all forms of sorrow.

Extreme change is always hard.  Extreme life change can be damaging and dangerous if too much happens at the same time.  None of that, however, need be true if I focus on the purpose of Christmas.  It is God the Father offering the Prince of Peace in his desire to bring good will to all of us.  It is in believing that he has all things in his hand and under his authority. 

I can feel sad without letting sorrow defeat me.  I can feel loss without forgetting all that I still have.  This hard candy Christmas will pass and one day Christmas will be all that it can be for us.  If you are having a hard candy Christmas Dear Reader, please share your story with me so that I can pray for you.

Hard Candy Christmas  - Dolly Parton

Hey, maybe I'll dye my hair
Maybe I'll move somewhere
Maybe I'll get a car
Maybe I'll drive so far
That I'll lose track
Me, I'll bounce right back

Maybe I'll sleep real late
Maybe I'll lose some weight
Maybe I'll clear my junk
Maybe I'll just get drunk on apple wine

Me, I'll be just
Fine and dandy
Lord it's like a hard candy Christmas
I'm barely getting through tomorrow
But still I won't let
Sorrow bring me way down
I'll be fine and dandy
Lord it's like a hard candy Christmas
I'm barely getting through tomorrow
But still I won't let
Sorrow get me way down

Hey, maybe I'll learn to sew
Maybe I'll just lie low
Maybe I'll hit the bars
Maybe I'll count the stars until dawn
Me, I will go on

Maybe I'll settle down
Maybe I'll just leave town
Maybe I'll have some fun
Maybe I'll meet someone
And make him mine

Me, I'll be just
Fine and dandy
Lord it's like a hard candy Christmas
I'm barely getting through tomorrow
But still I won't let
Sorrow bring me way down
I'll be fine and dandy
Lord it's like a hard candy Christmas
I'm barely getting through tomorrow
But still I won't let
Sorrow bring me way down

I'll be fine and dandy
Lord it's like a hard candy Christmas
I'm barely getting through tomorrow
But still I won't let
Sorrow bring me way down
'Cause I'll be fine
(I'll be fine)
Oh, I'll be fine

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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06 December 2018

Where Are You Christmas ~ Believing IS Seeing


Happy Christmas Dear Reader,

When searching for Christmas as children we begin with belief.  We believe that there will be presents in the morning.  We write the note to Santa.  We may tell him our wishes at the mall.  We hang up our stockings by the chimney with care. 

It is not until there are other influences that we begin to doubt that belief.  We ask questions and seek answers.  We demand more sight and exercise less faith.  What is unfortunate is when we do the same thing with all of Christmas.  We see the Magi as decorations around our tree.  The journey to Bethlehem becomes a Claymation story in our minds and we add in a cute little dog.  The story in Luke’s Gospel becomes something the Linus quotes.  The songs become background noise to our shopping.

When we forget that every line of the story is real and that it impacts us in daily life, it is little wonder that we have difficulty with finding Christmas.  By now every year for three decades my tree has been up, there are gifts with clues under it, and I am planning festive events for the season.  This year I can do none of that but this does not mean that Christmas will elude me.

It is in believing that Christmas is there that I will find it.  It is still finding the beauty and wonder in my four-inch LED tree because every moment I look at it I am reminded of the star and what it did for the Magi.  It is pondering how to be creative in showing others that I love and value them even though I cannot buy gifts. 

It is hearing every Christmas hymn as if I am experiencing for the first time by taking in the words.  All the hope is there if we will embrace it.  The reality of Jesus in the stable in Bethlehem is there to be the promise of the Father to all of us.  It is only through belief that we get there.  It is only our believing that gives us the sight we need to find peace and joy in it.

Instead of the distractions of gift boxes, bubble lights, and fruit cake, I have a stocking-less stocking hook.  My only real decoration is a sign that reads “believe.”  I still have my Santa hat.  I have my Salvation Army prayer shawl (most you would eroniously  call it a scarf).  Mostly though, I have my belief. 

I have my faith that the words to Little Town of Bethlehem are real.  As I draw closer to the celebration of that moment, I must recall that the hopes and fears of all the years are met in belief that Christmas is about a God who would rather die than live without me.  It is my belief that will carry me through the absence of the things that bring me delight.  It is my delight in the Child of God who enters the world for my reclamation that will carry me through the absence of my Children. 

Where are you Christmas?  You are in the heart that believes because that becomes the heart that sees.  It is in this belief that God imparts to us his blessings and peace.  You Dear Reader are part of that blessing and peace for me.  You are my precious gift when you tell me your stories of finding Christmas. 

Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem – Sarah McLachlan

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie.
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by;
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light.
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary,
And, gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wond'ring love.
O morning stars, together
Proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King,
And peace to men on earth.

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is giv'n!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of his heav'n.
No ear may hear his coming;
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him, still
The dear Christ enters in.

O holy child of Bethlehem
Descend to us we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born in us today.
The Morning Stars together
The great glad tidings tell
Oh, come to us abide with us
Our Lord Immanuel

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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05 December 2018

Where Are You Christmas ~ Seeing Is Not Believing


Happy Christmas Dear Reader,

Central to the idea of Christmas is belief.  No matter what you believe, you believe something.  You believe that there is or is not a Santa.  You believe or do not believe that Jesus is the incarnate Son of the Living God given as a gift for our redemption, our reclamation.  Either way, there is a measure of faith involved.

When searching for Christmas we must accept this axiom or we leave out vital portions of our searching.  We cannot get around the fact that there if faith involved in Christmas.  We cannot engage in the practices of the season without at some point confronting those beliefs. 

My younger nephew this past week asked me if I believe in Santa Clause.  My niece, his younger sister says, without hesitation, “Of course he does.  He IS Santa Clause.”  This is not the first time that young children have decided on their own that I am that particular elf. 

As I go about my day, I have to decide in each moment how I am going to interact with my belief in Christmas and the promises it holds.  I do not have to see all the things I wish were there to know that the promises of Christmas are real and true.  In fact, once I see them all true and in place, belief is no longer necessary.  Faith is dissolved once sight exists. 

This is the second part of my polemic on the idea.  The major premise is that seeing is not believing.  Once we see that something we believed in is real we no longer need faith.  Once we receive the hope of Christmas, we have realized that hope and it is, therefore, no longer a hope but a reality.

As I search for Christmas this year, I must remember that I am not going to suddenly find the answer wrapped up in silver paper with a nice little bow.  I am not going to have a Hallmark ending to my story.  What I do have is the certain belief that the God of all Creation knows me and my needs.  I know that he loves me and wants me to follow his Son. 

Our comfort and joy must come from our faith, our belief.  No matter where I am in my journey, it is my faith that will sustain me.  If it were all revealed to me today, then I would no longer need faith and that, Dear Reader is how we are supposed to live: by faith.   

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen -  Annie Lennox

God rest ye merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay
For Jesus Christ, our Savior was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan's powers when we were gone astray
Glad tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Glad tidings of comfort and joy

In Bethlehem, in Israel this blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger upon this blessed morn
The which His Mother Mary did nothing take in scorn
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy

From God our Heavenly Father a blessed angel came
And unto certain shepherds brought tidings of the same
How that in Bethlehem was born the Son of God by name
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy

"Fear not then, said the angel, let nothing you affright
This day is born a Savior of a pure virgin bright
To free all those who trust in Him from Satan's power and might"
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy

Now to the Lord sing praises, all you within this place
And with true love and brotherhood each other now embrace
This holy tide of Christmas all other doth deface
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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04 December 2018

Where Are You Christmas ~ December Prayer


Happy Christmas Dear Reader,

When Christmas is elusive it becomes me to focus more clearly on why Christmas means so much to me.  Pushed to the wall on this, my love for Christmas does stem from my love of God and my fellow travelers back to him.  I love the trappings I have enjoyed for so many years but leaving them behind still drives me to be out among humans trying to put a bit of joy into the day. 

Too often the trappings, traditions, and activities may mask this part of my heart.  It is not hidden from me but others may not see it.  I think of the words of Tiny Tim as reported by his father, “He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant to them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see.”

I do not want attention because of my current difficulties but I do want people to see me go through them in faith and hope.  It is not my difficulties that matter here but rather that I follow the one who will make all things good again.  I serve the one who will make all things right in the end.  Christmas is about the answer to all of our hopes and fears.  It is the resolution of our empty time to bring it to fullness again. 

Where is Christmas?  It is at the heart of my prayer for you and yours Dear Reader.  It is at the moment when we hear the song within the silence that will never be quieted.  It is in my yearning for everyone, not just me to have joy, love, peace and the favor of a Father who loved us so much that he would not live without us. 

Where are you Christmas?  It is the underpinning of all that I hold dear about this Holy Day.  I offer this December Prayer in hope that you will find Christmas with me this year Dear Reader.  Can you see the beauty when there is nothing there?  Do you see that we are not alone?  I know I feel alone at times but as always, those feelings must take a back seat to the truth.

I need to remain humbled and amazed at the constant stream of love, mercy, and grace that flows from the Father to me if I will simply be bathed in it.  This is where we find Christmas.  This is the December prayer that we need.  Enjoy the song Dear Reader.  Tell me about the song you hear in the silence.  Tell about the angels dancing in the air.  I am praying that you find it all.  Your stories encourage me so much.

December Prayer – Indina Menzel

In the touch of a friend, in the breath of a child,
In the eyes of a soldier coming home to his mother's grateful smile,
In the sight of falling snow, and the memories it brings,
In the season when you find some peace, in the simple tender things,
Open your heart and look around, listen; listen

Hear the song within the silence,
See the beauty when there's nothing there,
Sing a song within a silence that hope and love are everywhere,
And when the quiet night is falling watch an angel dancing in the air
To the song, the song within the silence a December Prayer,
December Prayer.

In the strength of your hand as it holds unto mine,
And the promise that we're not alone in this place and time,
In the gifts that you give I am humbled and amazed
Far beyond this day and time of year
We are in a state of grace.
Open your heart and look around, listen; listen

Hear the song within the silence,
See the beauty when there's nothing there,
Sing a song within a silence that hope and love are everywhere,
And when the quiet night is falling watch an angel dancing in the air
To the song, the song within the silence a December Prayer,
A December Prayer

Listen; listen
Hear the song within the silence,
See the beauty when there's nothing there,
Sing the song within a silence that hope and love are everywhere,
And when the quiet night is falling watch an angel dancing in the air
To the song, the song within the silence a December Prayer,
A December Prayer.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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03 December 2018

Where Are You Christmas ~ Christmas Peace


Happy Christmas Dear Reader,

One of my favorite things prior to Christmas has been watching my Daughter, Christmas get geared up for Black Friday shopping.  Her planning included a Thanksgiving Day nap and sometimes a wild outfit.  This year neither proximity nor circumstances allowed this.

She would always regale me with stories of odd behaviour of others and her adventures.  She would also then sleep away the remains of the day.  I have never been into the Black Friday thing though I did accompany her once just so I had a better-informed opinion. 

This year I am not sure that I will be doing much Christmas shopping at all.  I know that shopping is not the heart of Christmas but it is something I enjoy and have a skill for doing well.  I love giving good gifts to others.  I enjoy letting people know I know what they like and making them feel loved.

Where is Christmas in this lack of ability to give gifts for others?  It is in finding other ways to show them that they are loved when I can.  It is finding gifts that I can create when possible.  Most of the people to whom I would give presents know my situation and understand.  Their understanding does not mitigate my desire to give. 

I need to be at peace with my situation and live within my ability.  I need to count on Christ to know my heart and be content with his provision.  It is in this that I will find Christmas.  It is remembering that gifts are given and not expected, otherwise it is not a gift but a duty.  In being at peace with this I will find the peace I need.  “Perhaps Christmas doesn’t come from a store.  Perhaps Christmas means just a little bit more.”

I Need a Silent Night – Amy Grant

I've made the same mistake before
Too many malls, too many stores
December traffic, Christmas rush
It breaks me till I push and shove

Children are crying while mothers are trying
To photograph Santa and sleigh
The shopping and buying and standing forever in line
What can I say?

I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night

December comes then disappears
Faster and faster every year
Did my own mother keep this pace?
Or was the world a different place?

Where people stayed home wishing for snow
Watching three channels on their TV
Look at us now rushing around
Trying to buy Christmas peace

I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night

What was it like back there in Bethlehem
With peace on earth, good will toward men?

Every shepherd's out in the field
Keeping watch over their flock by night
And the glory of the Lord shone around them
And they were so afraid

And the angels said fear not for behold
I bring you good news of a great joy that shall be for all people
For unto you is born this day a Savior, who is Christ the Lord
And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace

I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night
To end this crazy day with a silent night

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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02 December 2018

Where Are You Christmas ~ Scrooge and Grinch


Happy Christmas Dear Reader,

As I was waiting in line to order lunch this past Wednesday, the man behind me remarked about the slow nature of the service.  He was in a hurry and felt quite flustered.  I was neither in a hurry nor flustered. 

I suggested that we switch places in line so that he could at least order one person sooner.  He resisted at first but then I convinced him that I was in possession of an abundance of time today.  He relented and we switched.

Noticing my Santa Hat and Christmas scarf he commented whilst we waited.  He explained that he is being a Grinch and does not care for the Christmas season at all.  I listened to his story of loss and hurt as we shuffled forward in line.  He repeated again that he is just a Grinch now.

Allowing a moment of silence, I smiled at the man and said, “That is all right.  We know how the Grinch story ends.”  For the first time in our conversation he also smiled.  When it was his turn to order lunch the girl at the counter asked him how he was doing.  He explained that he was doing better than when he got here.

Finding Christmas this year must involve seeing the opportunities to be kind to others a seizing them.  I can mitigate my own hurt and loss by creating moments of joy for others.  I can be vigilant about guarding my heart against the bitterness that resulted in the Grinch and Scrooge needing a story from the outset.

The things that assail our hearts need not win.  Stopping or ignoring the reality of Christmas is impossible.  It is a yearning in our heart to feel the joy of a world in hope. This may be the non-retail reason why we see Christmas in the shops earlier and earlier.  I will keep my Christmas spirit to the last but only if I remember to see the potential in the Grinches and Scrooges when I encounter them. 

Where are you Christmas?  You are in the line at the fast food restaurant with an opportunity to be kind to a grumpy man.   Where is Christmas for you today Dear Reader?

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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01 December 2018

Where Are You Christmas ~ Opening Thoughts


Happy Christmas Dear Reader,

If you follow my writing at all you know that this is my favorite season of the year.  I celebrate Christmas throughout the year daily in some way.  I always carry with me a talisman of Christmas and I always carry Christmas in my heart.  This year, however, things are very different for me.

I have been pondering this topic and preparing for it over several months.  When I made my necessary big transition in August, I left behind all of the decorations and trapping of Christmas.  I left all of the familiar haunts and traditions that I have celebrated for twenty years.  Additionally, I am parted from those with whom I have celebrated the season for so long. 

As I approach this Christmas season, I am in mourning for the things that mirrored my celebratory heart.  I know these are not the things that are seminal to the holy day but there are so many memories involved in those things.  The celebration of Christ is mirrored in the traditions I forged and held.

My friend Crystal posted something the other day that rung this bell.  “Mentally I am ready for Christmas.  Financially I am not.”  My first thought, not in judgment of her but still there was the question, “what about spiritually?”

What I must do is spend this month navigating the waters between what I wish to do at Christmas time and what I can do this year.  I have to make sure that I am daily seeking the real heart of Christmas.  My plan is to examine things, reflect on my heart, and align it with where Christmas is in the moment as it relates to following Christ. 

I seek Christmas in a way that I have not had to in thirty years.  I feel fear and hope all at once.  The idea of Jesus being the reason for the season is echoed by all who claim to follow Christ.  I will be on a quest this season to see if I can really find Christmas daily without all of things that have symbolized it for so long.  I will be seeking it without my Children and Grand Children near me.  I will be looking for it with empty coffers and none of the decorations I love.

Your company will be precious to me this Christmas Dear Reader.  Your prayers will be a gift I treasure.  Sharing your joy and mirth with me will help me as we journey through what feels like a daunting December.  If you will keep me company then I will promise to keep my faith and seek true Christmas joy.  Please share yours with me as we walk together.  I will provide a song or two along the way…This one is help;ng my heart mor than I can say. Thank you Faith HIll.

Where Are You Christmas – Faith Hill

Where are you Christmas

Why can't I find you Why have you gone away
Where is the laughter
You used to bring me
Why can't I hear music play

My world is changing
I'm rearranging
Does that mean Christmas changes too
Where are you Christmas
Do you remember
The one you used to know
I'm not the same one
See what the time's done
Is that why you have let me go

Christmas is here Everywhere, oh
Christmas is here If you care, oh
If there is love in your heart and your mind
You will feel like Christmas all the time

I feel you Christmas
I know I've found you
You never fade away
The joy of Christmas
Stays here inside us
Fills each and every heart with love

Where are you Christmas
Fill your heart with love

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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