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:

  1. 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

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

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  3. 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!

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  4. 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!

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

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  6. 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.

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