Piper Got It Right
We used to hang a lot of outside lights on our house. I think there were something like 2,000. We'd accumulated quite a number of strings, several different types, and I draped them over the roof, back & forth from the front walkway deck to the front gutters, some around shrubs, etc. We had different kinds of strings, some flashed, some just were on, some had patterns, etc. It was quite a sight, and some nights, folks would stop out front in their cars and just look at them a while.
Eventually, though, I got tired of climbing around on the roof and edging up to the guttering to hang them, and one year I just stopped putting the stuff up. That was probably 15 years ago, if not more.
This year, our grandson Matthew got married, and he & Kami bought their first house. Some time early in December, he asked what we'd done with all the lights, so Peg dug them all up and gave them to him. Well, except for the string she's been hanging on a beam on the back deck, which we can see from the living room.
Like, we don't care about the public any more, but we do like to see those lights ourselves. From inside.
Anyway, on Christmas eve we got into the car and headed out to see the lights again this year. Peg said she wanted to go see Matthew & Kami's first, so we drove straight to Alabaster.
That's their house, and the lights, in the picture.
We sat and enjoyed the view for a few minutes, and then a funny thing happened, At least to me. I didn't want to see any other lights on houses. I wanted Matthew & Kami's house to be the prettiest one I saw all month. It was. And we drove straight back home. I guess you can tell we're proud grandparents.
But that also brought something else to mind .. something John Piper had said in a video I'd seen a couple of times. He stated: