A Peaceful Night

After our worship services last night, I had a really great Christmas Eve with The Judge and The Divine Miss M. I am only now able to write about it.

We snuck into Calle Doce on Skillman for Christmas Eve margaritas and Mexican food just before closing time.
Because, why not?

From there, we drove down Swiss for a bit on the way home, admiring all the lights.

We were looking for John Lennon’s “And So This Is Christmas” on my iPhone, but could only find “Give Peace A Chance.”

In the quiet of Christmas Eve, surrounded by the twinkling lights on houses, it somehow it seemed to fit. It was a moment.

After all, the angels sing about Peace on Earth, right?

When we got home, we all helped in the kitchen, making stuffing and an apple pie. We lit the Advent Wreath and a fire in the hearth for the evening.

Also, I’d ordered a print of Mary’s Magnificat from Benjamin Wildflower. It’s an image I’ve shared many times on FB over the years, and talked about in sermons. I finally ordered a print a few weeks back, since I never get a T-shirt ordered in time before he runs out.

I still might get this as a tattoo. But for now, the print will go well above my writing desk.

Anyway, the point is, the print just so happened to come in the mail on Christmas Eve.

Of *course* it did.

Turns out, there’s a new church start a few blocks away. A reboot of an old neighborhood Baptist church that’s been slowly fading for some time.

They advertised a late service at 11 pm. And so, we walked over and, with small crowd of about 20 folks, lit candles and sang “Silent Night” one more time.
Again…because, why not?

It was beautiful. And mighty nice to be able to walk together to a Christmas Eve service and just worship together.

Finally, we had nice moment with The Divine Miss M, during our traditional Christmas Eve gift exchange. We traditionally open one gift each on Christmas Eve.

Maria picked the box (a gift from both of us to her) that was tickets to see Paul McCartney in June.

I picked a package from her…that turned out to be an LP of Sir Paul’s latest, “Egypt Station.”

You can’t make this stuff up.

It was kinda like “Gift of the Magi,” if nobody had to give up a pocket watch and the combs were Paul McCartney.

As I said, a great, peaceful night.
I’m so lucky to be able to spend it with them, and to have these two wonderful women as my family.


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. For seventeen years, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. Eric is an avid blogger and published author. Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy.

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