So I went to a party this week, thrown by a co-worker, called a "Favorite Things" party. It was cooler than I expected it to be! The premise is that you find a gift, worth about $5, and buy 5 of them to trade at said party. I picked Bing Crosby's "White Christmas", because I love Christmas music.
I consider myself agnostic- I have a faith of something bigger than myself, but don't know what to call that faith. I was raised in an Irish Catholic family, and that usually ends up one of two ways- you're either deeply religious, or not at all.
I cannot listen to Christmas music without getting teary-eyed -and for all you sassy people out there, I'm not talking "grandma got ran over by a reindeer" ( I'm looking at you, Greg
I get a swell in my heart that doesn't come from melodies (I know that feeling too) or lyrics (a good poem is a good poem). It's deeper than that, and possibly the sole reason for me not being a declared atheist. I've seen a lot of weird things, experienced a lot of coincidences- but the scientific part of me chalks that up to energy, imagination, or...just coincidence.
But when I hear Christmas music...there's something that simultaneously lifts my soul and grounds me. And if you're a God-loving woman (or a probable faith-based loving woman), that's what we call God.
It's kind of like sitting in the sand, looking at the expansion of the ocean from a beach. There is something in this world, so much bigger than ourselves. And it can make you feel so small, like your worries are silly, but so big- that you're here, and witnessing it.
I don't understand it. I don't spend Sunday morning in church claiming I do. It just IS.
I digress (but it's not lost on me that I titled a blog 'Favorite Things' and I'm writing about my version of God).
So! What's your favorite thing?? What would YOU bring to my favorite things party??
Oh, edited to add I got a lanyard, lip gloss, hand crème, a cup with candy in it, and a $5 gift card to World Market. Hmm...who played this right? I did!