Tonight I started making the infamous Schakett family Four-Layer Delight, all by myself, for the first time ever, without supervision. I am nervous if the crust is going to be right, if the cream cheese is going to be blended in well enough to the cool whip and powdered sugar, if Vegard and my dad are going to want to eat it for breakfast. I hope it is okay. The recipe couldn’t be more simple… there is a reason I was entrusted with it. But still… though room for error is small, there still is room.
Today I made eggnog lattes and peppermint mochas at Starbucks. I consumed a couple Peppermint JoeJoe’s when I got home. I started Christmas shopping this afternoon. And I turned on the Christmas music while I was in the kitchen putting the delightful layers together. Apparently the holiday season is here.
I had a strong since of nostalgia for some reason earlier today of Christmas with the Mase’s last year… and the couple of weeks that I spent with my grandparents exactly one year ago. Three hundred and sixty five days have gone by. It doesn’t “feel” like it, but I don’t really even know what that means.
Am I going to spend another Christmas season trying to figure out how to make it not just less materialistic, but not materialistic at all? The years go by fast. Too fast to not figure this out immediately.
I am trying not to pessimistic, or sinister even when I consider how America (or the world), considers the holidays, because that defeats the purpose.
Like everyday, it is about kingdom living. Restoring the earth, restoring people.
His kingdom come, his will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
I want to seek that earnestly. That is why Jesus came. To save, to restore: all things.
May my words and deeds and gifts be those that restore and actively further the kingdom of God.
Lord help me.
I also just got a new lens off of craigslist. I am loving it.. but have a lot to learn and a steady hand to acquire. Its a Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro. Pretty awesome. So, these pics are practice with the new toy. Unedited and rough… but it was either as is or no pics. Its bedtime.
And yes, I realize the seeming contradiction of acquiring things while talking about not being materialistic. We (I), must hold all things lightly and take nothing for granted. Having enough to eat today was grace… even though I am used to eating I must remember the immense blessing of having a full stomach.