Beginning December 1st, I will only witness the sun on Sunday’s over the next 3 weeks leading up to Christmas. As the peak shopping season has commenced, I am planning to spend 18 of the next 21 days at work, from sunup to sundown. Since my shift starts at 7am and goes until 5:30 pm, the sun doesn’t rise before I arrive and has set well before my ride home. While there are plenty of lights inside, for now making enough money to survive is of vital importance.
At least for one month, I can relate to the schedule Moses kept during Israel’s 40 year trek in the wilderness, prior to experiencing the promised land, Exodus 18:13-14. That is until Jethro, a concerned father in law, intervened, providing Moses with a plan to elevate his stress level. Although I will miss several opportunities for fun in the sun, the bigger picture is etched in my mind. Despite the exhaustion and pain my body will endure, a large paycheck will make Christmas that much more merrier, knowing I will have the funds to pay off most of our bills.
As a child, I went to sleep every night listening to Here Comes the Sun by the Beattles off their Abbey Road album. Before the days of itunes, mp3 players, CD’s and cassettes, all I had was a hand me down record player with an 8 track deck. It wasn’t much, but I treasured this possession, taking good care of it for nearly 20 years until I could afford to buy a new stereo. Thus, I had a tradition, when the sun set and my lights went out, I maneuvered the needle just in the right place, listened to the dust, occasionally making a skipping sound and feel asleep dreaming of another day of the sun rising over the ocean. In this Christmas season, may the sun shine bright on your life and family.
by Jay Mankus