Wednesday, December 19, 2012
What is Christmas?
I have found myself, a week before Christmas, trying to accomplish what I used to do in 3 months. With very little time, and even less funds, I have wondered, what is Christmas? Christmas is watching your new married kids, scramble around to purchase and hide Christmas presents for each other and anticipate their first Christmas morning together, when their long-planned tokens of love will be unwrapped, adored and appreciated. Christmas is doing a family musical number in church with your kids, when you are scared to death because you can't sing very well, but you are so amazed and honored to be there because your kids are so talented! Christmas is asking your kids who they would like to serve this holiday season and watching them think, wonder and plan the annonymous act of love. Christmas is shoveling your snow covered driveway, while being so overwhelmed with gratitude that you have been able to keep your kids in the home that they love, regardless of the life-altering events of family change! Christmas is even though you don't have outside Christmas lights, your home glows with an amazing spirit of hard work, love and family! Christmas is making sugar cookies for a sweet little friend and remembering to leave the frosting separate---just like she likes it! Christmas is when your son tells you that you can sell his prize Christmas present from last year, to pay for this year's Christmas. Christmas is opening your door, feeling the freezing cold air, and discovering a gift, the warmth of that discovery, and realizing that He is that gift.............and there is no longer need to wonder, what is Christmas, because He is Christmas. The gift is the fact that He loves us regardless of our weakness. He comforts us when no one else knows that we even need comfort. He warms our heart as we love and serve others and others love us. He fills the emptiness felt as Families Change. He is light when all is dark. Wise men still seek Him, just as they did that first Christmas night because they know..........He is Christmas!!