Sleighbells ring, are you listening?
In the lane, snow is glistening:
A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight
walking in a winter wonderland.
Later on, we’ll conspire,
as we dream by the fire:
To face unafraid
the plans that we’ve made,
walking in a winter wonderland.“
It’s a strange moment in the Christmas jingle when they sit by the fire in winter and dream of facing the future without fear.
We sit together this week, basking in the soft glow of candlelight, our hearts warmed by old, old stories and familiar faces.
It’s easy to think that the Christmas Season is mostly about the size and temperature of the stable, the wisdom of the three kings, about Mary’s hope, the innkeeper’s hospitality, the songs of angels, and the birth of the child.
The main characters of the Story wrestle with a lot of fear, even terror.
It’s true about every one of us.
We read about Mary’s anxiety, Joseph’s fear of marriage, the shepherds’ fright over the angel-choir, King Herod’s anger, the wise men’s terror of King Herod’s wrath.
Every scene in the Story moves between fascination and fear, between terror and wonder.
There is no emotion in this Story that we haven’t felt.
The question posed to each character, and to each of us is this: “will we, at this crucial moment in our lives, be frozen in our fear, or lured on by the “Wonder of the star?”
We at RyanShines are committed to riding the emotional roller-coaster with our dear burn survivors and firefighters.
We stand by our purpose that “no burn child will be left behind and no Firefighter is forgotten.”
Happy Holidays to everyone, from Ron, Dawn, Tyler, Trenton, Colton & (angel Ryan) Hirn