Tales from the Great Adventure

a journal of living-like-we-mean-it, by Derek Maul

img_6971First off, let’s get one of my “pet peeves” out of the way. Ready? Cover your ears because I’m going to shout: “CHRISTMAS IS NOT OVER! YESTERDAY WAS JUST THE FIRST DAY!!”

Thanks; I feel a little bit better now.

But, seriously folks. Remember the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song? Well, Christmas Day was day one. counting today, we have eleven more. So, if you thought we were done celebrating, don’t bet on it! Hold onto your hats, because the glory of the coming of the King is worth all twelve days and then some.

So please, not trees kicked to the curb quite yet; and certainly no nativity back in the box; and for goodness sake let’s keep those lights shining brightly. And, for those who tend to put Jesus out with the trash like he’s just another disposable ornamentation, how about inviting him into your home to stay? Fact is, that’s exactly the reason he came.

So please, not trees kicked to the curb quite yet, no nativity back in the box, and for goodness sake let’s keep those lights shining brightly. And, for those who tend to put Jesus out with the trash like he’s just another disposable ornamentation, how about inviting him into your home to stay? Fact is, that’s exactly the reason he came.

GIFTS:

img_6942Christmas Day itself was quiet around Maul-Hall. After church in the morning (it was a Sunday, after all), we hosted my mum and dad for brunch, emptied our Christmas stockings, then exchanged gifts around the fire.

Everyone was thoughtful, I got some cooking stuff I’d been hoping for, and we surprised my parents with a photo book I made from the big family cruise earlier in the year. But I personally got the most joy from a special gift for Rebekah I’d been working on for some time.

Back in October I took some remarkable beach photographs during a trip to the Outer Banks. There was one in particular Rebekah said she’d love to see hanging over the fireplace. Well, after a lot of research and a couple of false starts, I had the image printed on canvas with a simple black frame. In my opinion the result is spectacular.

I stood on the beach looking back a little north of the rising sun. Some of the clouds caught sunlight on the underside; some were still too low; then – where the waves broke on the sand – it was as if eternity was washing up against time. Somehow the photograph captured all of this; somehow the canvas print brings it all into our living room.

There is a lot of Christmas in that image. The incarnation is eternity washing up against time, it’s immortality taking on mortality, God in flesh, the spiritual and the mundane, the Creator reaching in through time and space to be with the creation, and the Word became flesh.

The true light that shines on all people
    was coming into the world.
 The light was in the world,
    and the world came into being through the light,
        but the world didn’t recognize the light.
 The light came to his own people,
    and his own people didn’t welcome him.
 But those who did welcome him,
        those who believed in his name,
    he authorized to become God’s children,
         born not from blood
        nor from human desire or passion,
        but born from God.
 The Word became flesh
    and made his home among us.
We have seen his glory,
    glory like that of a father’s only son,
        full of grace and truth. John 1:9-14

That’s all. Happy 2nd Day of Christmas – DEREK

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