Dearest friends, how wonderful to be back with the FLT family for a spell and especially during the holiday season! When Danielle asked if I’d like to guest post, I leaped at the opportunity with ideas swimming in my brain for a wonderful post about home for the holidays, complete with a tour of my holiday decor. But as I sit here writing this, God had other plans for me these past several weeks.
My home is not fully decorated. I’m frantically wrapping gifts before we all head out of town for Christmas. I’m trying to rally from my second head cold in four weeks. One friend was just diagnosed with rectal cancer. Another friend just lost her husband to stomach cancer at the age of 47. My stepson is wavering in his hard-fought war against addiction, striking fear and a even some anger into our hearts. My daughter has been throwing up since 7 a.m. and my 18 year old was in a car accident this morning that totaled his car.
Where are you God??
Do you ever find yourself asking that question? When you feel as if you just can’t take anymore?
The endless “to do” list of this time of year, flu sickness cropping up everywhere you turn, more serious illnesses filling in those gaps. And then there’s loss and disappointments. Troublesome tasks heaped upon those already waiting.
Where are you God??
And in the midst of my half-finished Christmas decorating I see it. Do I really need to look further than the manger?
Not only for my own strength in these heavy days but also for my salvation. Need we look any where else?
And from the same chair where I can view and ponder the wondrous nativity, I see this that I painted not three weeks ago…
We have reason to be joyful. We receive tidings of great joy, do we not?
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11 NIV
Yes, the unspeakable joy that his birth brings! And He was born to us! For us! Hallelujah!
I so needed this reminder… to leave my sorrows aside and open my eyes to the joy of this Christmas season.
And there are many…
Today I am choosing to focus on the Joy of the Season and the Reason for the season. And tomorrow, with His help, I’ll make the same choice. And the day after that, and the day after that.
I’m choosing to open my door to Joy.
God Bless You and Keep You and Yours in His Loving Ways this holiday season.
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