A Flash From Christmas Past 🎄

Why am I posting something from Christmas so close to Easter? The answer is simple: I needed something light for my blog, couldn’t come up with anything, so Andrew suggested this draft that never made it onto my blog in a timely manner.

December 24, 2019

My husband thinks he’s a Duke boy. If you’ve never heard of the comedy seriesThe Dukes of Hazzard, either you don’t live in a country that aired the show, you didn’t grow up in the 80’s, or you weren’t born on this planet.

No matter, all you need to know is that the drive to the movie theatre takes us down quite a bumpy road. The way Andrew drove made it an even bumper ride. I’m certain that if we were to hit a good incline we too would fly through the air just like the Duke boy’s General Lee.

That being said, it was Christmas eve as we drove to see Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker. Did you see it? What did you think? I actually wasn’t going to see anymore Star Wars movies after the first two in this series, but Andrew really wanted to and I became curious. 

I was glad that we went. It held my attention, it felt more like a true Star Wars movie to me, and I loved all of the comradery. There were interesting enough plot elements. Plus, it had a happy ending.

Nevertheless, I know people who hated it, or won’t go to see it because they say that it ruins the Darth Vader legacy. (No way.) I don’t think so. Besides, what legacy is that? The legacy of choosing the dark side?

I’m not sure legacy is the right way to put it. Maybe “prophecy” would be better. Vader was supposed to bring balance to the force. He chose the dark side, but in the end he came around, saved his son and supposedly killed the evil emperor Palpatine. That’s another problem people have with this movie. Palpatine isn’t dead. See the movie, you’ll find out why he didn’t die. There were other nit picky things that people didn’t like, but I didn’t notice.

If you consider Darth’s choosing good over evil as his legacy (even if it was in the end), then his legacy did live on through his heirs: Luke and Leia. A legacy continues. It doesn’t stay with the person who started it. That’s why Christians are called to disciple others. Jesus legacy must continue. 

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” –Matthew 28:19-20 

This piece took a bit of a detour, but drives are like that sometimes. As we drove to the theatre we were jostled about by the bumpy road. “Let it snow” played over the radio as Andrew teased me with the line, “But If you really hold me tight.…”

I responded with, “If I wasn’t belted in, I’d have to hold you tight or I’d fly right out of the vehicle!” He laughed and said, “That’s my girl! My brother would have loved you. He would have said, how did you get her? She should have been my girl.” 

All in all, it was a blessed Christmas Eve. Love was in the air, and love was in Darth Vader’s heirs. Now that’s the essence of Christmas isn’t it? For God so loved the world… 

We are Joint Heirs with Christ

“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

John 3:16 (AMP)

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is God’s child, and whoever loves the Father also loves the Father’s children. This is how we know we love God’s children: when we love God and obey His commands.  Loving God means obeying His commands. And God’s commands are not too hard for us, because everyone who is a child of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world—our faith.”

1 John 5 (NCV)


“The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.

Romans 8:17 (NIV)

(Photo credit goes to Pixabay.com user MichaelGaida.)

12 thoughts on “A Flash From Christmas Past 🎄

  1. Hi Tina, You have me singing “What the World Need Now is Love, Sweet Love”. Love is the essence of Christmas, Easter, and always! I really enjoyed your joyful Christmas Eve story! Love and Hugs! 🌟😊💖🌷🌺

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  2. I definitely know who the Duke boys are. But I didn’t see the Star Wars movie. I am glad you filled me in, because I don’t know when/if I will see it. My hubby doesn’t like them. But I like how you tied this post together. It is important for us to be intentional about the legacy which we have been called to carry on, and to remember that we are joint heirs with Christ. Blessings, my friend ❤

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  3. Jesus legacy must indeed continue and we are to go out and make disciples.
    How are you doing Tina?
    I pray that the Lord is wrapping His arms around you and you find peace, rest and comfort in them.

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    1. Thank you so much Manu. I am still struggling some, but hopeful that I’m getting there. Insomnia isn’t helping much, but I will have to trust that to the Lord too.

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