Our friend was the only customer in this dreamy department store. Through the intercom system Bing Crosby’s rendition of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” played, and our friend felt a wistful melancholy as he longed for the home and the time that he no longer had…
The above is an excerpt from The Wayfarers | Walking Dreams and to say that “our friend” felt wistful melancholy would be just a partial summary of his pain and sadness. But, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and it has a way of salving pain, sadness, anger, and regret. It is the time of the year that we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ the Lord, as foreseen by the prophet Isaiah hundreds of years beforehand and written in the Bible in Isaiah chapter 9, verse 6:
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Two thirds of the Wayfarers story takes place around Christmas. You’ll be able to feel the sting of the cold breeze and likewise partake of the olfactory delights that are the aromas of chocolate and the cinnamon. Indeed, you just may see some twinkling lights and shiny, reflective ornaments or “gewgaws.” You might just hear snow crunching under your toes as you yourself become a wayfarer. It is possible that you may never, ever see Christmas the same way again after reading Walking Dreams and then Five Feet From The Cabin Door.
Like “our friend” heard the song, I can hear Bing Crosby singing I’ll Be Home For Christmas and I have to admit to a touch of wistful melancholy myself. But, dear friends – Jacob’s Trouble will be available in time for Christmas and by the time you finish the third and final part of the Wayfarers trilogy you will indeed know what Christmas is all about; and there won’t be an ornament or tree on earth that will accurately portray its color and beauty.