Monday, December 23, 2013

Christ-giving Christmas!

Yes, I realize that tomorrow is Christmas Eve and the next day is the long anticipated Christmas Day!  Whether you are 5 or 95, there is celebrations. There is food on the table. There are friends and family. There is so much to be done to get ready and in that brief 24 hours, it is OVER and we start all over again! 

Social media is something that I have a total Love-Hate relationship with.  One moment, I am laughing and reading comments and jokes and cartoons and my mouth is watering over food pictures and recipes that just make you gain weight by reading them.  On the other hand it can be heart breaking.  The prayer request for the sick child or parent. The plea in the Amber alerts that pop up. The sadness in some of the post that you can "hear" just by reading them. The airing of "laundry" that should not be hung out. The request for prayers for broken marriages. 

Even yesterday and today, there were all kinds of things to read and see.  I was reminded yesterday to not take these precious days for granted.  There are family and friends that are having Christmas and celebrations this year without someone.  The church we have been visiting just recently lost a young woman, wife and mother of 4.  She fought the good fight and her healing came on the other side in the presence of her Savior. There maybe a missing parent or grandparent or brother or sister.  There are people hurting. 

Why in the midst of this joyful time would I write such?  It's not to be sad and depressing.  It is however about who and what you do the next week or so celebrating Christmas and New Years.  Christ gave you life.  He came so that He could fulfill the prophecy. He came because He loves you more than you ever could imagine. He came so that he could fill the hole in your heart that ONLY He fits.  He has given you another day and another Christmas to celebrate His birth. He gave you friends and family to share them with.  Don't take that for granted! 

This year has been somewhat difficult and learning once again, TOTAL DEPENDENCE on my Savior.  Yes, we moved and that was TOTAL DEPENDENCE!  My brother became ill.  We thought is was something as simple as diverticulitis, something that is typically so easy to treat.  Well, it turned out to be A LOT more than we ever thought.  A colon abcess that ruptured that was making him sicker by the minute.  After a very long and lengthy surgery, he was placed in ICU on a ventilator.  I will never forget all of the phone calls, the prayers, the Facebook messages, the text messages and the sweet friends that asked about him.  A long and lengthy stay in the hospital and he was finally able to go home.  He's been back in the hospital sense but doing better.  It's going to be a long road.  There is not a day that goes by that I am not grateful for my brother.  I had so taken him for granted.  I love you Jeffro!!!!!

Maybe someone in your family has become ill this year.  Someone has received a diagnosis that you didn't see coming that totally rocked your world and turned it completely upside down.  Don't take those around you for granted.  Make memories this year.  Start a tradition.  Write a card to someone.  Call someone that you haven't talked to in a long time.  You and I are not promised tomorrow but we have today.  Make some memories!!!  Yes, it is Christmas but we need to live out a thanksgiving life!  

Merry Christmas!

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