Thursday, December 24, 2009
Close to Nowhere
Thank you Clyde
• Clyde, who is around 13 years old, is one of God’s special children – he doesn’t learn as fast as some kids and things are harder for him, yet he has many wonderful qualities that imbue him with a joie d’ vivre that escapes most of us.
A couple Sundays ago at church we had our regular Second Sunday Eatin’ and Meetin’ – and we were having a special guest – Santa Claus!
Clyde was beside himself! He was so anxious to see Santa and get a Christmas present that he almost couldn’t control his joy and anticipation. As my crew and I arrived, he greeted us at the door – “Santa’s coming today!” In fact, Clyde greeted everyone at the door – “Santa’s coming to lunch today!”
He lasted really well through Sunday school, but in worship service, when our pastor, Bro. Troy, was announcing that we were going to have a special guest, Clyde couldn’t contain himself – “Santa’s coming!” he proclaimed loudly from the very back of the church.
Everyone at church was caught up in Clyde’s enthusiasm! By now, we were all excitedly waiting on Santa.
Then it was time for our usual children’s moment part of the service. This Sunday, several of our young ladies went up front also, as we have some very young children and one who was sorta reluctant to go by herself. We had a really crowded altar – and no one more excited and happy than Clyde!
Becky, one of the youth Sunday school teachers, also guides the kids through children’s moment (as well as you can guide a bunch of kids who all competitively strive to be the first to answer all questions!). It was Clyde’s turn to answer “What are we waiting on this Christmas season?”
We all knew what Clyde’s answer was going to be! “Santa’s coming!” Clyde fooled us all.
Clyde answered, with the same great joy and anticipation – “Santa’s coming – and he’s bringing presents so we can celebrate the Baby Jesus’ birthday!”
Thank you, Clyde. I have the joy and peace of Christmas in my heart again.
• My brother Dennis is worried that we’re starting a new holiday tradition -- I texted him Tuesday night from the ER to tell him about our youngest granddaughter.
Not to be outdone by her big sister, Remy was bucked off a horse Tuesday afternoon and broke her left collarbone just like Mere -- and not to be outdone by Mere or Grace, who broke her leg, Remy broke her right wrist also!
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