(Christmas in a small high school gym in South Texas)
Some of my best thinking happens in the car
and this afternoon,
headed to my nephew’s basketball game,
was no different.
There’s a soundtrack to all of this
that causes one thought to lead to another.
Today it was Kirk Franklin’s gospel version
of September by Earth , Wind, and Fire.
This is Christmas too ,
in all of its glory and
normal daily living.
Today I thought of you too.
As I stood in the gym before
hand over my heart,
facing the American flag hanging on the gym wall,
I thought so many of you with
my kind of quirky thinking
would love this too.
When a recorded version of the
Star Spangled Banner
started to boom through the gym speakers,
sung by Carrie Underwood,
my grin was as big as it could get.
Then I remembered what our Bishop said
in his sermon this past Sunday.
Quoting a line from C.S. Lewis he said,
“God closes in.”