Of Love Stories and a Political Coup d’Etat for Christmas
|Artist Richard Heeks
I’m belting out love songs from the eighties and nineties, as I splash dish soap across the sink, and my hand still aches from the scribbling.
Earlier, I scrawled handwritten words across three pages of lined paper at the kitchen table, trying to sum up the greatest story. An account of a warrior king battling to rescue his people who have lost their land (and themselves) to enemy-control. A people who don’t know who they are, paupered orphans of the king, unaware of their identity. Throughout history, the warrior king sends messages and gifts to his loved ones, revealing his heart and his affection for them, but it always ends the same.
They forget who they are. They forget who he is. And history repeats itself.
This warrior who doesn’t wait to “meet me halfway across the sky,” and who “makes this a new beginning of another life.” *
This warrior who saw that messages and messengers weren’t working, put aside royal robes to put on human skin and crown through to earth.
“Let me tell you about my kingdom…” he said again and again. He spoke of good news, open to anyone, everyone who would come; and he said, “I have come to give you life!”
This Christmas, it’s a love story of a passionate warrior king who has chased you through the ages, wooing you, battling for you, and who is on a mission to reclaim his earth.
The King has come.
Merry Christmas, friends. Have a wonderful holiday week with your family and friends. I will be taking next week off to enjoy family, but look forward to talking with you again on Monday, the 30th.
What are you excited about doing this Christmas week? What do you love most about the Christmas story? (Those in email can click here to join the conversation, or you can always hit reply to that emailed post.)
(Linking up with Emily at Imperfect Prose too.)
* Thanks to Kenny Logins’ “Meet Me Halfway” song.