As I woke up alone this Christmas morning, no tree, no gifts, no family or friends and nothing to do, so I decided today being Christmas would be about the reason for the season, Jesus. It’s his birthday after all so I decided to take a walk and find Christmas and all that Christmas brings.
It snowed last night, right on time for Christmas, so the air was clear and crisp and the view of the streets were priceless. Just enough snow to let you know, Santa was here. I actually didn’t know why I was outside but as I walked, the mission became very clear. To be one with God on this day, to allow him to share with me what Christmas brings (his son Jesus). LOOKING FOR CHRISTMAS in all the wrong places, as we all often do.
As I walked, my first reminder of “Christ”mas was a church on the street corner. As I walked by the church with Christmas wreaths on its doors, the spirit spoke to me and It stopped me dead in my tracks. I had to pull the camera out and take a picture. The spirit said, “the doors of the church are open”!
I have often heard this many of times in the church, “the doors of the church are open”, as the preacher preached and asked for new members and it made me wonder, “why aren’t the doors of the church open on Christmas day”? ALL DAY!
I mean Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ yet as I walked many miles in my quest to find Christmas, the doors to many churches were closed and empty.
In my heart, I see open doors, I see people piling in to celebrate Jesus. Lighting a candle in his honor, singing him praises, at all hours of Christmas day. What a perfect way for those who are alone to be able to feel the love that Christmas brings. To honor Jesus and his ultimate sacrifice.
So I continued my walk and my wonder in the empty streets that were blessed with snow on Christmas day, yet not enough for the kids to play.
As cars passed by, there were no HAPPY HOLIDAY WAVES or smiles on anyone’s face. Some wore Christmas hats and others wore faces of stress as they hurried along their merry way.
I ventured into downtown where it’s always busy, only to find the streets so empty, no creature was stirring, not even a mouse. I passed by many churches along the way, closed doors is all they say. I couldn’t find Christmas anywhere.
The sandwich shop was empty, no one waiting in line to eat. The coffee shop was shut down, no one roasting beans at its peak.
There was the music store not playing any tunes and the mad hatter bar and grill was on chill.
The further I walked the emptier the streets got and the churches, kept coming my way, yet I didn’t stray, I kept hope alive in finding Christmas today. I passed a beautiful Ice sculpture and Christmas wreaths and finally a human came trotting by, I happily exclaimed “Merry Christmas”, only to hear absolutely nothing in return. No one was home, as he hurried on. Oh well.
What’s funny is, this walk was completely narrated by Jesus with every step that I took, like I was writing a book. OKayyy….. so, God was in complete control, I get this. I am out looking for his son so what was I expecting. Nothing but the best intentions.
The only place that showed signs of activity and people were at the hotel downtown. There were cars and a few people, a family of such, walking to their car. Skipping and playing along the way with smiles on their face. That made my day. I moved on.
I wondered what happened to the lonely people today, what was open that would allow them human contact so they didn’t feel alone. Where could they go to not feel so sad and lonely? I took pictures of the things I saw so that I would not forget, the city has shut down so that they can celebrate today but what are they celebrating? Could it be …. Christmas or Jesus or nothing at all. Maybe just a quiet day to not work or deal with life, for just one day.
I walked, in the cold as my feet began to get tired, my love for Christ carried me further. I’m on a mission to find Christmas and I can’t let my sore feet stop me.
I’ve walked so far, yet I haven’t found Jesus. . . as I turn the corner to head back in a different direction, I pass by more churches with closed doors and empty parking lots.
The businesses were empty, the parking meters were just the same and Jesus was to blame. There was no one at the print shop to get papers printed. The attorney office was closed, no one to bail out in time to go home for Christmas.
The local library read CLOSED for the day, and as I passed the GREYHOUND bus station, there was no one there to greet me. Empty, as if the world ended last night while I was sleeping.
My feet are tired and the narrations are dwindling …
I see more churches, beautiful as they stand yet because they are empty, I begin to wonder. The doors of the church should be open today, for the people who wish to worship Jesus in their own way. Where do I go and what do I do? I was beginning to have no clue. But then again, God was speaking to me and Jesus was walking with me as I took each step… remember, he’s my narrator.
I see the city park and there is a very large Christmas Tree, let’s go see!
I make my way over to the tree and there is no one there singing …no Christmas carols or praises to Jesus. Just empty, yet the plaque reads, it was gifted for people and “the gathering”. Yet today, no one cared to gather, and sing yule time themes.
I pause, I prayed, I continued on my way when I’m stopped in amazement as what I hear in the background somewhere …omg I stopped and starred … behind me, its coming from behind me, the sound of what Christmas brings, so I quickly pulled out my video and start recording so I don’t forget that sound. ITS THE SOUND OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC BEING PLAYED OUT-LOUD!
The entire surrounding of the church on the corner and I need to be a part of this, so as I record, I start walking. Walking faster and faster as I enjoy the noise of Christmas carols played with love.
As I get closer and I cross the street, I arrive with a smile on my face, only for the music to silently fade away. IT STOPPED! OH NO … are you serious?
I thought I found Christmas yet it was just for that moment and I’m assuming it was to help me understand where exactly Christmas is. It wasn’t at that church, that’s for sure.
I began my journey home, empty handed and empty heart, when God spoke to me this:
“Christmas is all about my son Jesus and you cannot find him anywhere but here” (as he pointed to my heart) and he explained that what I was looking for was already inside of me. ‘The bible my dear child is what CHRISTMAS brings”. It brings the TRUTH about Christmas and the story to be told, and however you celebrate Jesus will be your CHRISTMAS!
To honor, to love and to obey, that’s how you find Christmas today!
I kept walking in the direction of home, for there was no need to keep looking for Christmas, or Jesus in this ice cold.
I passed by the empty fire station, no sirens going off and no flag at half staff. I passed by the empty train tracks, no trains delivering goods today. I passed by house after house and what I see, some acknowledge with Christmas decorations and wreaths. The local news paper company was empty as a cave, no stories about Jesus on this Christmas day.
I saw through a window, a few gathered around the Christmas tree, wearing Santa hats and laughing. Made me smile as I head home alone, taking pictures of the reminders of what Christmas is to some.
As I walked I began to pray for every house and business that I passed and my feet touched its pathways, praying for their peace and happiness for today… my walk was not done in vain. It taught me where to find CHRISTMAS in the most amazing type of way.
I picked up pine cones and kicked a few rocks … I FINALLY FOUND JESUS/CHRISTMAS and he was always in my heart.
We spend so much time, shopping for gifts and spending money on useless things, we forget the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus was born as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, doesn’t he deserve to have a seat at your table or a gift under your tree? What are you doing to celebrate Jesus on a day set aside for him?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JESUS, I SHALL NEVER SEARCH FOR CHRISTMAS AGAIN!
THANK YOU GOD FOR PUTTING YOUR SON ON THE TREE AND NOT UNDER IT! In Jesus name We pray for Christmas peace!
Summer N. Bradshau
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO APPLETON WISCONSIN FOR HELPING FIND JESUS ON CHRISTMAS DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #AppletonWisconsin
#FakeLove by Summer Bradshau
you ever been single but your heart was in a relationship?
well it goes a little something like this ….
sitting here, my mind is always on you
wondering, what you doin
im out, doing my own thing …my mind, you make it rain
no matter that i do what i do … my faithfulness, it waits for you
you make me smile, i say your name, my empty nights
your fun-filled days .
you don’t even know, my heart beats for you
you’re living your life yet my heart is in a relationship with you
my mind intertwines with all aspects of us
im single … but the way my mind is made up …
it truly believes it belongs to you.
how do you end a relationship in your heart?
Walter Latham could have been anything in life he wanted to be. Who he chose to be changed the world. Promoter, producer and family man, Latham began with a vision that is changing how the people view comedy today. What’s so funny is the comedy world has been taken to a whole new level. Not as an individual but as a family of comedians worldwide. Walter brings Urban Comedy out of the clubs and hotels and into the arenas and big screens.
You are probably a fan of Walter Latham and didn’t even know it!
Walter Latham etched his name in the world of comedy forever when he produced the Kings of Comedy tour and film in 1997, scoring a nomination for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture. The accompanying soundtrack received a Grammy nomination for the Best Spoken Comedy Album in 2000. Generations to come will forever be grateful for the gift Walter was given in creating the dream teams of the cosmic realm.
People are still enjoying the laughter of the kings of Comedy tour and film. It isn’t just an Urban Film, for it reached everyone across the nation. When you can make everyone laugh, it becomes a universal language. Not an Urban film but a funny film. Comedy…
From the success of the kings of comedy, Queens of Comedy were crowned. Queens they were when Latham shook down the urban communities with the spiciest combination of women comedians. Queens of Comedy became the highest rated special, aired on Showtime in 2001 featuring Laura Hayes, Adele Givens, Sommore, and Mo’Nique.
Walter uses his talents to create laughter. Using comedians like D.L. Hugley and Bernie Mac, bringing comedy back to the place in the film industry it should be… number one. People are ready to laugh and Latham is the man to deliver.
What the World Needs Now!
Walter Latham takes it personal when promoting big names like Chris Tucker, Martin Lawrence, D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, Bernie Mac and Steve Harvey. It’s his passion and desire to allow these comedians a chance to share with the world the gift of laughter. Urban comedy has always existed and so has Walters’s visions. We should be honored and privileged to have a promoter with such passion. So much, he gave up what most people would die to achieve, Hollywood, the ultimate dream. In order to keep the visions alive and be able to help more comedians to achieve their place in the cosmic realm, he chose to create the type of family and work life that will allow him to be all that he can be. Who would actually pack up a Hollywood office in exchange for your client’s success and happiness?
Walter Latham did just that in 2005 and has never lived to regret it. Making this decision helped create the perfect dynasty for Latham Entertainment. Latham Entertainment, based in Greensboro, NC, is the largest independently owned and operated comedy promotion-company in the country. Latham is currently working to bring more comedians to the big screens.
Walter Latham Entertainment produced, co-produced and organized many more tours and projects like” Shaken not Stirred, “toasts” to some of the biggest names in America.
Walter Latham can create number one box office hits and comedy tours with no doubts… but what may be his biggest gift yet…The Walter Latham Foundation. The foundation was created to help the youth with scholarships, mentoring programs, and financial assistance to young people.
“I want every young person to dream BIG, take chances and to realize that every goal
is attainable regardless of their current situation!”
The Walter Latham Foundation was founded by Walter Latham Jr. in May 2007. He created programs like the Christmas Angels, teaching privileged children to give to underprivileged children. The Ervin Outlaw Scholarship where the “E” Effect was created to… Empower, Encourage, and Educate the children, The Legacy Mentoring Program and more…
Who is laughing last? We are… as long as Walter Latham Entertainment is in company, we will always be able to get our laugh on as well as bring hope to our children.
Are you a holiday Christian? A holiday Christian is someone who on certain religious holidays come out and participate but the rest of the year you kind of don’t see or hear them. Someone who is full of Christmas spirit and tales about Jesus and the season and come January they are not in church and you don’t see or hear them until Easter time when it s time to dress up again and come on out. Let’s not forget mother’s day when you get to put on your big hat and pretty dress you just purchased. There has been calls for participation from church members and donations for this or that and you have not seem to be around for anything not even church and here you are in your pretty yellow Easter dress strutting your stuff to the front pews.
Holiday Christian or do you live for Jesus everyday? Do you practice living according to the word and the laws of the land? Are you a helper and a healer and will do all that you can do for your fellow-man? Are you a holiday Christian or everyday saint? I need you to allow yourself time before answering that question because your first thought will be the real thought of your reality which will shoot up to God and then when that first thought bounces back to you, you may alter and create a detour depending on how ashamed or embarrassed you feel if in fact you are a holiday Christian and not an everyday saint?
What? I’m just asking…
Don’t take things literal or personal. Not directed to anyone in general. It’s just something for EVERYONE to think about!