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Being Present with Music, Lights, and Jesus



Our Stream of Consciousness prompt for today is: present. Or maybe it was Present. It doesn’t matter.

I’m really going to not think about this much which will make it real stream-of-consciousnessy. It’s hard to not plan ahead at all what I’m going to write. I’ve been painting in the bathroom and have not gotten to work on my memoir on my day off, so I’m really not very present at all. Yet I do enjoy the SoCS thing very much. So let me focus. Deep breath.

Present!  Being in the present moment is a goal. Buying presents during the holiday season makes that even more challenging. Will they like this? Should I spend that much? I don’t want this holy day to be about material presents.

I was talking with my husband about not getting each other material presents, but then I’d wonder if he was going to get me a present anyway, and end up getting him one…….silly stuff. I am going to buy my 21 year old daughter a camera, because she’s got talent, and I’m going to give my son financial help to get here for Christmas Eve, which is really a gift to myself. I’m going to sing in the choir, that’s a present to myself as well as others, I hope……..I just realized I’m not very present right now. I’m thinking about the future. That seems to be what the holiday season is about, as far as time spent thinking about things. There’s a big build up, a frenzy even, to the big day and then a crash or sorts. I don’t like that.

One thing that helps me stay in the present is the gift of music. Singing helps me be present. And looking at Christmas lights!  I love Christmas lights! Now I’m getting excited, like a child about Christmas lights!

Oh, and there’s Jesus.  I’m remembering you, Jesus. For me, that’s what it’s really about anyway. And Christmas lights! sparkly twinkly colorful lights.

What’s the connection between Christmas lights and Jesus?

“A star, a star dancing in the night…………………….

………….He will bring us goodness and light!”

Good presents!

If you squint your eyes and tilt your head from side to side, Christmas lights look like dancing stars.

Here’s the song:


If you would like to join in the fun of Saturday Stream of Consciousness, check it out here:

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

11 thoughts on “Being Present with Music, Lights, and Jesus

  1. There are so many things to love about this season, especially the lights and the music. Thank you so much for sharing this us! 😉

  2. My pleasure, Helen! Thank you for your comment and for appreciating the blessings.

  3. Very nice post! I love that song. Well, I really love pretty much a lot of Christmas Music 🙂

  4. I enjoyed this post to me you were in the present even if it seemed your mind was in a bunch of other places. I like your way of putting in place things for others and yourself. I think that’s ok.

    • Thank you for sharing that observation. I think that’s one of the fun things about stream of consciousness. It seems to help me process and observe my own thoughts as they come. There’s less censoring so thoughts flow more freely.

  5. Beautiful post. And that’s a good point you make about how the Christmas season has become a big buildup to a future date, and then a crash…so true. We have to remember not to get too caught up in all that, focus on what really matters and stay in the present, which I’m a strong believer in doing. Loved reading this!

  6. In enjoyed this one a lo, JoAnne. Hugs, N ❤

  7. Thank you, Natalie. It’s funny that after I published and re-read it, I thought for a brief moment the ending made me sound like an air head. But I was being too judgmental of myself. I love letting go and freeing my joy. These affirmations reinforce that it’s perfectly okay to do that.

  8. Yes. It is about Jesus.

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