Merry Christmas!!!

Let us be thankful for the blessings we have been given.  Tonight I have family and health and warmth, both spiritual and physical, and a purpose and gifts for my children.  Tonight I will pray for the weary, the heartbroken, the lost, the cold, the hungry, the sick, the lonely, those who cannot find the words to say thanks.  

Life is never easy.  It is not meant to be.  We wish for things to be easy and stay the way we like them.  This is not possible.  My mind wanders to Mary who did not plan to be the mother of Jesus.  God does not move life by our plans but by His.  I believe God has a plan for my life, and at times, that plan includes rough patches.  Christmas, for me, is a time of joy and sorrow at the same time.  I suppose it was the same for God….how could you not feel joy and sorrow as you sent your Son to live and die on earth to save all those who would believe in the power of God’s sacrifice. 

And, so, I am thankful.  Just thankful.  I have become keenly aware this year that life is NEVER exactly like I want it to be.  Not at home, not at work, not as a parent, not as a daughter, not as a wife.  So as I sit by our tree coughing my lungs out four hours before the church service of lessons and carols….I know I cannot control life….but I can ALWAYS cling to this promise….

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

Merry Christmas!!! Fear not!!! Be thankful…..

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