Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year! I LOVE the songs, the movies, the food, the laughter and happy memories that the season brings. People also seem to be kinder and more patient during this time.
As the years have gone by and different circumstances have occurred, my level of celebration has changed, but I haven’t forgotten what Christmas really means. When I cannot taste the wonderful dishes (because I’m sick at home this year), or hear laughter, I treasure the beautiful memories that were created many years ago that still make my heart shine.
I watched my son open his gifts last night, and the wonder and excitement (and his gratefulness) made it all worthwhile. Are we as thankful today for what God did for us on that first Christmas? Jesus was sent here on earth in the form of a baby, a human! That aspect alone is a miracle, something that our finite minds cannot grasp.
The fact that Jesus willingly chose to go through what we go through (natural birth, growth from a baby into an adult) and went as far as dying like a common criminal on a cross is enough for me. All that gives meaning to my life has already happened before today. I am a believer in Jesus Christ because of what God did at Christmas!
MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of you and your families. Enjoy the special times and memories with your children and other family members. Hug and love on them as much as possible.
Also remember those who are not as privileged; some are incarcerated, others are in hospitals, nursing homes or hospice. Some buried loved ones recently. Many are lonely today. If you know any of these people, please stop by and let them know that you care. It means a LOT when others know how much they mean to you.
Blessings to all,
Can you forgive?
I had the pleasure of listening to a prominent speaker recently discuss forgiveness as she shared examples from her own life. As she spoke, thoughts of past and present situations that seemed unfair to me started parading across my mind. Things I had forgotten about knocked on the door of my heart and caused me to reflect.
I had been the type to look at others over the top rims of my glasses – until my life situations changed and now I am the one that others are looking at in very strange ways. Having to forgive others who caused grief and pain and then realizing that I was also a source and grief and pain to others is not easy to handle from either perspective. I tend to store up my feelings and eventually hide them – which I know is not very good. As I practice sharing my heart with others via writing, I find it is now easier to express my deepest thoughts and reflections even while speaking. Vocalizing (or reading) what you have always thought is definitely a healing balm.
Jesus, I surrender my pain, my disappointments, any misunderstandings and my resentment of situations from my past (and my present) into your hands. You knew me before I was formed in my mother’s womb. You have purged my heart with your precious blood before; wash it clean once more. As I open my life before you and others, may souls be refreshed and may those who were once bound in spirit be loosed and set free to go forth and live out their purpose that You have preordained from the beginning of time.
Forgive me of the hurts I have caused. Allow me to let go of those who hurt me, intentionally or not. Help me to have the heart to say like Jesus did: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34, NIV)