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.

Blessings,
Linda

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8 comments:

B. Meandering said...

We both have many, many things for which to be thankful. One blessing about our age is that we tend to recognize our blessings.:)
The Santa is darling.
I too will be off for a few days. Blessings to you--Beth

S. Etole said...

We had a Santa candle like that when we were children and a little angel one.

Neva Flores said...

Enjoy your time off!

deb said...

hugs, Linda

Ann Kroeker said...

How very, very precious that the little Santa candle who marked your first Christmas is with you for this most recent one--just like your Mom! :)

I usually encourage people to go ahead and light candles, but this almost makes me question that advice!

With joy from our house to yours!

Dawn said...

I love that you still have that little Santa candle after all these years. I have an old Father Christmas that is not in very good shape, but I still keep it!

Abba's Girl said...

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas...and pray 2011 is filled w/ blessings!

grammy said...

Love the little santa and the sentiment that goes with it (o: I am glad your parents are doing so well and you can celebrate with them. It is finally snowing here. Freezing too! We have had a long warm stretch. Happy New Year.