Monday, December 21, 2009

Multitude Monday







"And the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'"
Luke 2: 10,11

I find my heart filled with that great joy as I walk through these days of Advent - joy and gratitude. I have finally learned that this kind of joy has nothing to do with the circumstances I am walking through - whether they are all I had hoped they would be or my worst fears come to pass. It has everything to do with the earth-shattering message delivered by heavenly messengers to the humblest of men.

Four hundred years of silence ended with a tiny baby's cry. The Messiah had come - the Father's gift to a dying world. I am so very thankful He included me.

I am thankful for:

- answered prayer - so unexpected - so humbling - so miraculous.

- seeing my Dad begin to rally and the light return to my Mom's eyes

- my husband who works tirelessly to help my parents without ever being asked

- little granddaughters' welcoming hugs

- the celebrations of Christmas: the music, the Word, the remembering

- watching the heartwarming trend toward giving more of ourselves and less to ourselves

- sharing a cup of tea and Christmas goodies with family and friends

- the strains of "Silent Night" filling the aisles of the grocery store - trying to hide the tears that would come

- kindred hearts warming and encouraging one another - using technology to share the Good News


To join the Gratitude Community just hop on over to Ann's. There is a lovely guest writer there today. You will be blessed.

Christmas Blessings,
Linda

8 comments:

  1. Ah, we do have so much to be thankful for--especially for the joy that He gives regardless of circumstance. I am thankful for you and your words of encouragement!

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  2. These are all such wonderful things to be thankful for! What blessings you have been given! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  3. Dear Linda,
    Sweetness
    Beauty
    Joy
    Gratitude
    Peace
    Comfort
    Faith
    and more
    ...are all the wonderful things I have found here...
    With gratitude to you, Linda
    ...and a very Merry Christmas every day,
    ~ Maria

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  4. Glad to hear your father is doing better, Linda.
    Merry Christmas to you!

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  5. I wish you a blessed and joyous Christmas, dear friend.

    Love and big Christmas hugs,

    Diane

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  6. Lovely. Just lovely. We learned in SS this week that the admonition to not be afraid is found 365 in the Bible - once for each day. Isn't that wonderful??!!

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  7. Beautiful post Linda! So glad I 'met' you this year! Love your Precious Moments... my grandma has a the PM nativity and I look forward to seeing it every year!! Merry Christmas! ♥

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  8. so beautiful, Linda! thank you:)

    a blessed Christmas to you all!

    much love:)

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