Our tree before the ornaments.
It’s almost Christmas Eve as I write this. It seemed like it took forever to get here, but now it’s speeding right by. Life is like that as you get older. I’m watching so many different things happen with friends and family as they get older. Some of them good, some not so much. As mentioned within the past few posts, the same can be said for me.
I was really hoping to be done with any type of physical ailments from this summer, but I’ve been having adrenaline rushes again all week. They’ve happened about three or so times per day, and I’m not doing anything to warrant them. It worries me, but today was much better. I got to spend a lot of time alone in my home office, which I think is what I truly needed.
Thanksgiving break didn’t seem like much of one as I was pulled from pillar-to-post all that week, and that’s not a good situation for me. As I’ve said before, I desperately need my alone time, so I’m really trying hard during this Christmas break to get as much as I can. I know the next two or three days will not be relaxing, so I had to make myself shy away from everyone today.
Santa should be good to the kids this year. I’m looking forward to seeing their faces Christmas morning as they get overly excited (just as they should). A lot of times I wish I felt the same kind of Christmas magic they’re experiencing again. There used to be nothing like it in the world, but again, as time marches on…
Speaking of Christmas wishes, I’ve always wanted a pinball machine. I simply can’t afford one right now, let alone having a place to put it. However, when I was in the Air Force, I always played “Star Trek: The Next Generation” whenever I went to the local BX. I was so addicted to that game (being a big Trekker doesn’t play into this, right?). To this day, I still believe I’ll eventually wind up with that machine.
Well, the next best thing is now out. I downloaded Pinball Arcade to my iPad, and just in time for Christmas, they’ve released that very Star Trek virtual pinball table. It’s just like it used to be, except I don’t have to pay a boatload of quarters to play. I’ve been playing it almost nonstop since I downloaded it. Between that and the two Elvira tables they’ve released, I’m madly in love with pinball again. Maybe one day I’ll have ST sitting in my garage, but I’m getting a lot of joy out of this version.
That should do it for tonight. It’s time to crash, or play more pinball until I doze off. I pray you have a wonderful Christmas. Most importantly, I pray you remember why we have Christmas. It’s not just for the parties and presents. It’s about celebrating the birth of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. So many people in the world are losing sight of how God chose to come to us in human form to die for our sins. There is no greater love than what God gives, and we are certainly not worthy of it or His grace and mercy. However, He freely gives it, and there is nothing more comforting.
Happy birthday, Jesus! Thank you for loving and forgiving a sinner like me.