Monday, December 20, 2010

The Spirit of Christmas at the DMV


Recently we gifted our trusty blue Buick to a young family in need of transportation. So today, we found ourselves at the DMV transferring the license plates ANGLZS to our other car. The last place you want to go this time of year is the DMV. Walking into the building, we asked the Angels to be with us.

The Department of Motor Vehicles was packed, but the holiday spirit ran high. Jolly holiday tunes on the sound system. A young man behind us began bopping to Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, much to the embarrassment of his girl friend. So we danced a little and sang to lighten the wait. The place was festive. Poinsettias on the counter tops. Brightly wrapped packages trimmed the walls. Clerks in bright red Santa hats were busy waiting on customers.

A commercial came on the radio. Elliot and I listened not sure we could believe our own ears. "What God wants is for you to love one another. If we loved one another, there would be no more war. We are all one." During the holidays, the announcer said, "Reach out and hug someone. Share love with one another."

Earlier I had watched a shy woman approach an elderly man in line. He looked like her grandfather whom she missed very much. Teary eyed, she asked if she could give him a hug. He smiled, giving her a warm hug and some reassuring words.

At 12:12 we were at the counter, listening to Ave Maria as our tags were being transferred. I looked to my right. At the next counter, an old friend was being helped. We hadn't seen her in over a year. We reached out for a hug in the middle of our transactions. The spirit of Christmas was alive at the DMV. We were surely in the presence of Angels. And I'm not talking about the cherubic stocking holder at the front counter.

Wishing you a loving, joyful Christmas season. And remember to invite your Angels to be with you wherever you go.