Were Halfway There....thru the week and to Christmas... The famous 12 Days of Christmas... If you know the tune a loved one tries to give a different set of gifts over and over presumably to show them their desire.
Clearly even the greediest person on Earth wouldn't want this excess. But it's quite symbolic of the behavior of the next few weeks but mostly in the sense of making sure all your loved ones are accounted for, shown appreciation for and leaving this portion of our lives with a good taste in our collective mouths....both figuratively and literally.
There is lots of work to make that happen. In looking back on my childhood I didn't see the behind the scenes work all the time but I did see and feel the stress no matter how hard it was trying to be kept from us.
It would take years to understand it....it was a love hate relationship. It was done with love but the angst was obvious. Until the day came when I watched my grandmother sob for the last time when the chore was being taken from her for her own good yet the thought of it being taken from her...her pride and joy day was no longer her problem.
Sometimes family doesn't understand why this has such a dynamic with me but some day if anyone decides to take this from my hands...understand if I shed a final tear.
While Jesus lived on earth he prayed to God, asking for help from the one who could save him from death. He prayed to God with loud cries and tears. And his prayers were answered because of his great respect for God.