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,


  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!

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

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

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

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

    Love and big Christmas hugs,


  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??!!

  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! ♥

  8. so beautiful, Linda! thank you:)

    a blessed Christmas to you all!

    much love:)