January 23, 2015

By Eddie Pipkin

Every year, the week before Advent begins, I drive to the church storage unit with the Director of Children’s Ministry for the local congregation that she and I serve, and we load my ragged old Honda Odyssey right up to the roof with all of the Christmas decorations.

Then the week after Epiphany, it all goes back in the boxes and back in the van and back to the storage unit. And at that point, I am really, really done with anything related to taking decorations up and down. We get to the storage unit, which is a hodgepodge of old bits and pieces of ministry, file boxes, discarded furniture and out-of-date sound equipment, and it’s time to wedge the Christmas trees, wreath boxes, and th