Hello dear friends! I wanted to take a moment to wish you all the most joyful and peaceful Christmas. I hope the day will be filled with all the things you desire.
As you may know from reading this blog, and I hope it is no secret, that I am a Christian. For me, Christmas is more a holy-day than a holiday. I try to get all the baking, wrapping, decorating and celebrating out of the way in the beginning of the month, so that as the day approaches I have plenty of time to reflect upon what Christmas means to me.
I ponder about the humble beginnings of our Savior, born in a lowly stable. I think of His mother, Mary. Was she thinking of what He was destined to be as she gazed upon her newborn babe? I think of the great sacrifice of God the Father, who loved us so much that He gave His only begotten son, to die for us. Just think of that. As a parent I can't even imagine such a sacrifice. I remember that the very first to hear the Good News of the birth of the Messiah, were the shepherds in the field, not royalty. My heart is full.
There may be wars and rumors of wars, pestilences, earthquakes in diverse places, famines and economic collapses, but I am at peace. Because I know that whatever may befall me, this mortal world is only temporary. That everlasting life is waiting for me on the other side all because of a tiny baby born in a stable over two thousand years ago. So I'll go out into the cold December night, look up into the starry heavens and send up a prayer of thankfulness. Then go to bed and sleep in heavenly peace.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world
giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this
world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful
GOD REST YOU MERRY GENTLEMEN!
Peace and hugs,