Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Christmas Music Already?

So, the other day, I was talking to Lisa and she told me KEZ 99.9 was already playing Christmas music. I couldn't believe it. It was only Veteran's Day! I just couldn't bring myself to turn on the radio yet and listen to it (even though I LOVE Christmas music)!

However, I was driving to work today and decided I would check it out. I flipped on the radio and there it was. It seemed odd. It just gets earlier and earlier every year. I proceeded down the road in the big red sleigh headed for work. The Christmas music was playing and I began thinking about my mom and how much she loved Christmas. I began to get a little teary eyed. The song on the radio ended and what came on next? Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano! Seriously, it was like I finally got a sign my mom was close to me. I don't know that she really "loved" that song, but I had a tradition that when I would hear it on the radio, I would call her and put the phone up to the speaker and blare it into the phone. If she wasn't home, I'd leave it on her answering words from me, just the music. She always knew it was me that had called. I started to tingle...maybe it was okay to listen to Christmas music already!

As I started to leave Surprise and head out over "the bridge," I had a very glorious experience. The sun was barely starting to come up on the eastern horizon. Not enough to really light the sky or anything, but just enough that I could see the silhouette of the mountains far, far off in the distance and I could see the silhouettes of a few palm trees in front of me.

Then, it happened. I noticed it. Do you see it? The single, solitary, bright light in the sky? Yes, I saw that too. It was flickering, as if to say, I'm here - notice me! I did and I got the softest, yet strongest, coolest, but warmest, feeling ever. It felt as if I was there, on that sacred night 2,008 years ago when the Savior of the world was born. Granted, I was in a truck, with lots and lots of other cars zipping past me because it caught me so off-guard that I must have certainly slowed down to 20 MPH in a 45 zone, but it was so worth it. I imagined being there, seeing that star, and I KNEW that this gospel is true and that Jesus Christ is my Savior and brother. It was one of the most wonderful feelings I've ever had. It put a smile on my face and I felt wonderful inside. It was one of those things that I just KNEW I had write about so I wouldn't forget how wonderful it was.


Leslie said...

How ironic, I too have been thinking so much about my mom today and how she also loved christmas. It's so hard how everything has changed since she's been gone. Holidays are just not the same with her being gone. Everything was always centered around her. My dad hasn't spent a holiday with us since. Sixteen years, how sad is that?

Jennifer said...

What a wonderful experience. Thank you for sharing. I am glad that you were able to feel close to her and to the Savior. Life is just not the same without her. I have been missing her lots this week.

Cindy said...

This was beautiful. I'm so glad you posted about it. I loved that you said your truck was the red sleigh! So fun! So you must be Mrs. Claus! one of the most loved women ever!

Casey Lu said...

That is such an awesome experience!
Lately I really need to take some time and just enjoy things around me and feel the spirit. Thanks so much for your help with the HFPE board!!! Let me know when would be good for me to pick up the other vinyl piece for the second board. Also what is that website that had all the vinyl designs, I can't seem to remember what it is.

Shelli Clark said...

Now see, I would say it's about time they're playing Christmas music. It starts at our house on November 1st and would play all year if I could.

How funny that I've been thinking so much about your dear mom lately as well. She was the most wonderful woman and very special in my life. She meant a lot to me and she is missed. I know that she is taking care of my dear son in heaven until I can see him again. That's the kind of woman she is. How blessed my life has been to have known her.