Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Gratitude

The other day my Mom gave me a tiny Santa candle. On my very first Christmas, when I was less than two months old, he was one of my presents. He is standing proudly on a shelf on the hutch in the dining room - right in front of the snowmen. When I look at him, I see a long line of Christmases stretching out behind us. We've seen a lot of them, we two.

It causes gratitude to well up in my heart:

- for the absolute joy of having Mom and Dad here with us

- for the dear faces around the table - familiar and loved - precious family and friends

- for the priceless privilege of hearing "The Story" from my earliest memory - for having the Baby always at the center of it all

- for Christmas greetings from far away places

- for the promise of hope that Christmas brings

- for a love that confounds and amazes - that He would come for me

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I pray the true meaning of it lingers in your heart and fills you with joy and peace.

I am going to take a few days off. I'll be back before the New Year. The Lord has been whispering a new word for this coming year.


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