Posted by: tucsonjefe | December 23, 2009

A Little Hope – Merry Christmas

The Merriest of Christmases to you.

Monday I was in the .99 cent store with a few dozen of my fellow bargain hunters.  In this difficult time, this particular store seems to be prospering.  There were all kinds of folks there.  Some looked as if they were housewives, some probably didn’t have a house.  Some in slacks, some in jeans; some with teeth, some without.  As we all fell in line to circle the produce bin, squeezing bruised mangos and inspecting day-old lettuce, I noticed the music on the store’s sound system.  It was all Christmas all the time.  Without thinking about it, I began to hum, then to sing under my breath.  First it was Silent Night, then Hark the Herald Angels.   By then I noticed an odd murmur in the air.  As the tune turned to “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” I looked up.  My eyes met those of a lady across the way, and we both smiled broadly.  The entire inner circle of produce pokers and all those around us were bobbing our heads and singing to the tune, each oblivious to the others, but in perfect time and with smiles on our faces.  It was a .99 cent Christmas chorus line!   In the middle of a recession in a discount store surrounded by complete strangers, Christmas is still Christmas, and there really is a little extra joy to the world.  The secret that gets us singing along in spite  of ourselves is the nascent hope in the human heart that there really is a better day, personified by a Baby in a manger, stirred up by some corny old songs, and shared by fellow travelers in the 99 Cent Store.  My prayer for you is that you will get a taste of the hope that is in Christ Jesus and that it will brighten your day, too.  Merry Christmas!!!

Thanks for all you do,

Virgil and Judy Stokes


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