Christmas: The Eternal Now

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One of the many ironic things about our human journey is time. It runs through our fingers like sand, yet we live in an eternal now. At least we could, if we thought about it.  But often, we are living in the past or the future. Rarely are we awake to the present moment. That wouldn’t be a big issue, except for the fact that God lives there — I mean here — now.

When my husband and I first conceived of the idea of an illustrated children’s book, it was with the intention of capturing the now-moment with our kids. There is real joy in that temporary insanity, which sends parents galloping across the lawn with a child on their back, finger painting with food dye, making play dough on the stove top, discovering various, twisted ways to hide broccoli in hamburger, and a thousand other idyllic adventures. One son taught me that trees really do dress up for spring. A daughter reminded me of the exhilaration of running in the rain. The temporary anxiety associated with blacksnakes, the thrill of a walk in the woods, and concerns over baby critters adds up to a life of details eagerly noticed and ardently loved.

In The Adventures of Tally-Ho, I live those days forever—even though my husband passed to a world beyond my sight, and my kids are growing up, moving into a larger, less idyllic world. At Christmas time, I am reminded of the beauty of a Child who lives the present with us—even now. He notices the details too. A sparrow, a blooming tree, a crying child. He lives where we are—in our joys and in our sorrows.

Live your now-moment and enjoy this season of childish details. Notice the little things. Snowflakes falling from a night sky. Reflections on windowpanes.  The touch of a fingertip. The breath of a sleepy child. Giggles. Sighs.

Notice and live. Now.

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Copyright 2017 Ann K. Frailey
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As an author and teacher with a degree in Elementary Education, Ann Frailey has written and published nine books, and several of her articles have been published in national magazines. In 2016, she earned a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University and won two course director’s awards. Ann belongs to the Catholic Writer’s Guild, home schools, and maintains a mini-farm with her children and their numerous critters.

2 Comments

  1. Ann,

    I am sorry for your loss but enjoyed seeing that you are living out a dream of writing books that you and your husband conceptualized together. I appreciate the goal of what you seek to capture in your books.

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