There are few things in life that I hate. Hate is a strong word, I know. I’m using it here to emphasize the depth at which I “hate, hate, double-hate, loathe entirely” the following subjects: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division. Actually, I can tolerate those, but don’t even talk to me about Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, or C-C-C-Calculus. I can barely utter the word. My mind simply doesn’t work that way. Give the girl a calculator. Or words.
Give me words and I shall wax eloquent about how much I love them. I am not using the word like, but love. I “love, love, double-love, adore entirely” the glorious messengers called words. You can quote that.
However, while on the subject of my unseasonably placed arithmetic angst, there is one ethereal equation I find rather endearing, especially at Christmastime. It is not a numeric equation such as 1 + 1 = 2. No, this equation is more of a word problem: Christ + mas = More Christ. That one problem alone changes my whole perspective on the problem of math.
When my son, Cameron, was younger and just beginning to learn Spanish, he came to me one day with a brilliant observation. Excited at his clever discovery he exclaimed, “Mom! If ‘mas’ means ‘more’ than Christmas must mean more Christ!”
Out of the mouths of babes. I gave him an A+. His insight on this annually celebrated holy-day was beyond his years.
Thanks, Cameron, for inspiring my Facebook status: Joining the thousands of Facebookers posting Christmas Eve messages today. Posting ‘Merry CHRISTmas Eve’ for emphasis, that all would know more Christ, more grace, more truth, more beauty, more comfort, more love, more peace. Let earth receive her King!
Whatever “problems” you are facing this year, whether elementary or of algebraic proportions, if staring at a blank page with no answer in sight, might I suggest Jesus? I awoke early to talk to Him just this morning. When we submit our problems to Him, He subtracts our burdens and adds His peace in its place. And we are changed.
Sometimes a little Christmas Mathematics can offer the perfect solution. Yes, Jesus is the Answer for the world today. My world, your world, His world.
Well, that about sums it up! I couldn’t resist the play on words.
Wishing you more of Christ this CHRISTmas…