A Different Kind of Christmas

Anita Renfroe posted a song recently, by a Christian artist familiar to me, named Mark Schultz.  Reluctant to listen, knowing full well that I’d find myself in a puddle of tears by the end of the song, I debated.  See, the song was prefaced with something like, “for those of you missing loved ones this Christmas”… or something like that.  The word “missing” doesn’t even seem to do justice to how I’m feeling in regards to TT and Pap right now, though.  Because the words were so encouraging for me, I felt obliged to share them with you all.  I’m sure some of you are “missing” a loved one right now too…

♪♫♪…Snow is falling Christmas Eve
Lights are coming on up and down the street
The sound of carols fills the air
And people rushing home, families everywhere

Putting candles in the windows
Lights upon the tree
But there’s no laughter in this house
Not like there used to be
There’s just a million little memories
That remind me you’re not here
It’s just a different kind of Christmas this year…♫♪

♪♫…In the evening fires glow
Dancing underneath the mistletoe
A letter left from Santa Claus
Won’t be the same this year in this house because
There’s one less place set at the table
One less gift under the tree
And a brand new way to take their place inside of me…

nativity...I’m unwrapping all these memories
Fighting back the tears
It’s just a different kind of Christmas this year
There’s voices in the driveway
Families right outside the door
And we’ll try to make this Christmas like the ones we’ve had before
As we gather round the table, I see joy on every face
And I realize what’s still alive is the legacy you made

…It’s time to put the candles in the windows, the lights upon the tree
It’s time to fill this house with laughter like it used to be
Just because you’re up in heaven, doesn’t mean you’re not near
It’s just a different kind of Christmas this year…♪♫



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