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December 20, 2013

Joy Lady: At the top of my list of favorite things …

TERRE HAUTE — Here is this year’s list of a few of my favorite things.

My grandfather, who lovingly and unselfishly provided a good living for his wife and four children by working in coal mines till his lungs turned black. My grandmother, who rescued me when I needed rescuing. My parents, who took me to church when I was a child even when I didn’t want to go. My father, who taught me everything I know about retailing.

Sunday School teachers, who faithfully taught about Jesus and David and Moses and Peter, Paul and Mary. My teachers in school, who taught me to solve equations, respect geometry, question scientific theories, and love literature.

A husband, who can wash his own clothes, heat up his own leftovers for lunch, and send me cards in the mail just because he loves me. A son, who has love and laughter in his voice when he calls and says, “Hey, Mama! You doing OK?” A daughter, who calls me from hundreds of miles away on a Saturday morning just so I can hear her daughter belly laugh when her daddy is tickling her.

Ocean waves rushing to the shore. Warm cookies and cold milk. Brownies and coffee. The sound of a gentle rain on the roof.

Movies like “Gone With the Wind” and “The Sound of Music” that take me to another place and another time. Books like “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and “The Scarlet Letter” that show the good and bad of life. Songs like “I Can Only Imagine” and “I’ll Fly Away” that make me yearn to be with Jesus.

Popcorn with butter. Diet Coke with ice. Hot soup on a cold day. Warm coats and fur-lined gloves. Thick, fuzzy socks on a cold night. Being snowed in with a good book and a mug of good hot chocolate.

These are a few of my favorite things. But, wait. There’s more.

“An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests,’” (Luke 2:9-14).

It was a strange night filled with strange things. A not-so-silent night filled with child-birth cries, angels singing, shepherds shouting, animals braying, and a newborn baby crying. Strange ways for strange things. But, those things that happened that night are at the top of my list of favorite things.

“For to us a child is born,” (Isaiah 9:6).

Can it get any better than that?

Verna Davis, speaker and writer, may be reached at vrdspeaks@yahoo.com.

 

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