A Little Heaven on Earth

You might be seeing a pattern in my posts; songs. Christmas songs are the most beautiful and wonderful songs of the year.

Today’s song is called ‘Heaven Everywhere.’ But before we get into the song, I want to talk a little about nostalgia.

Nostalgia is a noun and it means to have a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.

Christmas brings a feeling of nostalgia. Joy and happiness are the two main emotions that surround the Christmas season. But, behind each smile, there is a slight shadow of sadness. It is very small and well hidden, but it’s there.

From books to movies to commercials. It advertises and promotes this season as a time of gathering and parties. Family and friends come together, and everyone has a jolly holiday time.

Now, in this day and age, that just doesn’t happen. Parties are canceled, family and neighbors are cautious. Though it is not just this year, previous years for us were not “Hollywood approved”

We once had the most amazing holidays; we were surrounded by family members. Holidays were mega-events. But once we moved to Wisconsin the epic holidays were never the same.

No matter the family background or history, or if you had the best year ever, the holidays bring out the nostalgia in us. 

It starts with the tree; each ornament holds a memory of days gone by. The one we got as a baby or child. Ornaments that were made in school; ones that were given to us as gifts or that tradition of getting a new ornament each year.

It brings a smile mixed with sadness. Knowing that the memory that the ornament gives is but a faded memory. The happy time it brought will not happen again.

The mixed emotions continue with the decorations, movies, and old family recipes.

Whatever it is, it brings both joy and nostalgia. Because each year is never the same. Especially this year. This year could get to a person. But Christmas can make anything better. It can give us a little heaven on earth. If we allow it to. Christmas tends to be over-commercialized. Each year the world makes you believe you need that bigger gift. The one that tops last year. The Christmas season gets lost in greed and negativity.

You see, the world is a mess. As Sebastian says it best.

And we complain about it, post those “inspirational” quotes about changing the world, and then bury ourselves in our cocoon of safety and do nothing.

 Alone and single-handedly, we can’t change the whole world. But, each of us has a very small world, it consists of our family, friends, neighbors, our town, and others.

That is our world, and if we see that it needs work, don’t say “boy, something needs to be done,” get up and do something. Christmas brings out the good in all, take advantage of those once-a-year feelings, and go out and change your world.

Kindness is one thing; Christmas kindness is a whole other thing. When we give a hoot about our fellow man at Christmas, we are representing the message of Christmas. Sharing Christ’s love with others.

We sing songs of goodwill toward men, we post inspirational quotes, drop some change in the red bucket. And call it good.

But, if we try a little harder, we can spread some heaven here on earth. There would be a little bit of Heaven Everywhere.

Now, we get into the song by Francesca Battistelli.

I want to start in the middle of the song

It’s funny how it takes a holiday

To show us how the world could truly change

If we all took the time to really care

There’d be a little more of heaven everywhere.

If we all took the time to really care. But you know what? We don’t care. We are so caught up in our world, stressing out about the details of our holiday, that we forget about the ones who need the joy and hope of Jesus.

But what is the heavenly feeling that we can spread?

It’s the grace that we show to a world that needs hope

It’s the joy that we feel and the love that we share

There’s a little bit of heaven everywhere

My mom and I have this “thing” called Share My Joy. Where if something is making us happy, or see something that is fun or joyful, we want to share that joy with each other.

It might be something very small, but we want that other person to feel the joy that we feel. Even if it’s a puppy walking down the street, the way the sky turns pink at night, or watching the snowflakes come down in a flurry.

If something is making us happy, it is hard to keep it in. So, share it! Bake an extra batch of cookies that you love so much, and share them with a neighbor. Write something Christmassy on a sticky note and pass it on to someone in the store.

The grace that we show to a world that needs hope…How often do we show grace? I hate to say this, but Christmas can bring out our best and our worst. Waiting in line, can’t find a parking spot, the last item we needed on our list nowhere to be found, and when you do, someone takes it!

Oh the frustration!

As Christians, we have to shine Jesus’ light and message to a world that needs it. So, show a little grace in these situations. The world needs more kindness, and when we show it, there will be a little bit of heaven here on earth.

Somehow there’s a little more of love

Maybe there’s a little less of us

Or maybe we’re just slightly more aware

There’s a little bit of heaven everywhere.

It’s the smile on a man who has finally found hope

It’s the tears of a mother whose child has come home

It’s the joy that we feel and the love that we share

There’s a little bit of heaven everywhere