MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- In the distance, the belfry from the Rutherford County Courthouse chimes piercing through the darkness.
As a veil of an unseen world is torn apart, the pealing sound covers the earth with a supernatural strength and beauty like frosty fog glaze covering the landscape. Somehow, the persistent ringing draws us nearer and nearer to a surreal joy.
Good news is proclaimed as those pleasant-sounding songs — loud and deep — from our Murfreesboro hamlet swell in harmonious melody. We are stirred as the cold and the wind dilates and permeates the sound of muted voices from generations ago, invisible angelic choirs declaring a revelation — that the most real things are unseen.
As adults, we hesitate to receive the good gift of Christmastime.
Feelings of guilt creep in as our grown-up world becomes weary, heavy laden with its burden of care. While the winter cold and darkness hides the light of hope hardening our hearts, we simply are compelled to move beyond the glitter and glow of it all. So as age and the circumstances of life rob us of our joy, we simply bow our heads and proclaim in despair, “Christmas is just for children."
Casting an ominous shadow while intertwining in our subconscious is the mindset that life is about earning and deserving rather than believing and receiving!
I contend that Christmas memories are like a special house we build for ourselves in our minds. And just like a house, we can build, grow, and expand our memories beyond our childhood. Vividly, year after year, generation after generation, the joy of these memories blend the old with the new.
This Christmas why not make a determined effort to relive those magical moments from your childhood — the feelings of Love and Light once more and join the Christmas Downtown celebration. There is a little one near watching close by. Consider the thought that a new memory is being written inside the mind of that little child. Just for a moment, allow Christmas to mesmerize you once again. Even catch a glimpse of the meaning of those trite recognizable Christmas carols. There is good news in those proverbial songs and harmonious melodies “Peace on Earth.