Hear the Little Voice of Love

We DID Christmas in my family. We did it BIG. The tree, the gifts, the Christmas carols, the eggnog, mom’s turkey croquettes. We did it even though my parents didn’t give a hoot about religion. I knew they didn’t – Christmas for us was just plain fun.

My dad and my brother have since passed on, and those Christmases are no more. That’s actually kind of cool; I now get to choose what I want this holiday to be.

We put up a tree this year. It’s beautiful. But honestly – I don’t really care about the gifts any more. I don’t care about all the darn eating. And I really don’t care about the obligatory once-a-year church visit. Heck, I like to worship every day.

Tonight, I long to hear the little voice of love. I long to hear it loud and clear. I long to know all the ways in which this voice sings: A hymn. A prayer. A kind word. A hug. A smile. A glorious affirmation. A moment of silence.

These are all my little love connectors.

And yes, here’s the opportunity for you and me as this week unfolds:

When Tuesday has come and gone and the post-Christmas sales call my name, how can I still know love consciously, every day? How can I know it when my co-worker irritates me to no end? How can I know it when my spouse reneges on a plan? How can I know it when traffic on I-95 comes to a crashing halt, yet again?

Yes, how can I fully know all my love connectors? How can I continue to hear my little voice of love, day in, day out?