Room In the Inn

They had room for us in the inn; we used our Hilton points to pay for it! Because of winter storm Elliott and some unfortunate scheduling choices, my wife and I find ourselves spending Christmas Eve and most of Christmas Day at an airport hotel and in Dulles airport United Clubs this year. We are safe and warm and nourished. We can fondly recall the great theater we experienced in NYC (check out Audra McDonald in Ohio State Murders for a tour de force performance), and the P.W. Moore elementary school holiday program that included (starred) our grand-twins Cailyn and Cathryn Walker. We can celebrate the amazing people that all our children and grandchildren have become while being astounded and how our grandsons Aaron Chandler (19) and Landon (16) both tower over their parents, let alone us. And, in our refuge from the arctic bomb cyclone, we might even cuddle up together like two birds of a feather!

           As my gift to you, let me offer an assortment of thoughts and quotes that struck me today as I scrolled through memories and social media. 

Humorous quip: the Assumption of Mary was that Joseph would have made reservations!

       Provocative thought: holiday greetings from Jewish, pagan, Muslim, Hindu, and atheist postal workers who deliver Christmas cards and gifts even though it violates their religious beliefs.

       Inspirational quote that gets to the heart of the matter from Howard Thurman:

When the song of the angels is stilled,

When the star in the sky is gone,

When the kings and princes are home,

When the shepherds are back with their flocks,

The Work of Christmas begins:

         To find the lost,

         To heal the broken,

         To feed the hungry,

         To release the prisoner,

         To rebuild the nations,

         To bring peace among people,

         To make music in the heart.


And from perhaps the greatest author ever, Dr. Seuss: Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand to hand.

Joy to the World. Joy to you and me.