This Christmas, many of us will be given gifts, some we like, some we won't. Some of the gifts are items that we have asked for, some we haven't. No matter what you unwrap this Christmas; please know that the best gifts have already been given to you. One of which is the gift of life!
If anyone knows tragedy, my family sure does. And, each tragedy we have been through has deepened our relationship with God. Midnight hours came when no one was around to hug, nor was there a shoulder to cry on. It was in those hours that God rocked and cradled us in the midst of our pain, confusion, and hurt. As time passed, some around us thought that we should just "be over it" by now. No one understood! God eased our pain in His time; not ours, and not anyone else's. When the pain subsided, more room was made for joy. How great is our God!
The Bible states that to everything there is a time, including a time to cry and a time to morn. Thank God that this time does not last forever! The holidays are a happy time. People smile that may not have cracked a smile all year. I know that there are many families that will be smiling through pain this holiday, including my own. I want to encourage all of us to smile tonight and during this holiday season!
Even though our loved ones have been called to their eternal home, we still have so much to live for. We still have so many reasons to celebrate. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus! With each birth, a new life graces this earth. Only God knows the purpose of why they are here when they are and for the amount of time that they are. For each of us, this is no different.
I want to encourage each of us to live each day of our life like it is golden. I know that problems and issues arise, but look for joy. Find something to praise God about, because nothing belongs to us or is promised to us, not even our life. Let's cherish every moment that we have!
Thank you God for my life and all of the lives surrounding me! Help us to see the life that You have given us as a precious gift, and not a troublesome burden. Help us to fulfill our purpose and to be prepared when You call us home to be with You. Thank You for the lives of those that have left this earth to be with You. Forgive us for times when we have taken life for granted. Teach us to appreciate this life and You with every breath we take. I love You more and more each day!