Dec 10, 2009

Are you Filled with Loads of Hope for the Holidays?

I don't know about you but preparing for the holidays brings a whole slew of emotions for me. There is some stress and frustration with time and money. Usually I begin to panic at the begining of Decemeber. But at some point, my holiday switch clicks on. I remember the reason for the season. And I'm able to bask in the hope of the Christmas season.
This year my switch seemed to be flipped while riding in the car listening to the CD my kids have to help them learn the words for the songs for our church's Christmas play.
The story from this years play is The First Leon. It's about the cast of another Christmas play and how the misfit of the group who's cast as the Innkeepers understudy, ends up going on for the big performance but when it comes down to it, he's simply unable to turn away Mary and Joseph. He sings about how they can have his room. That Jesus can have his room. That it's not much but its what he has and he'll give it all for Jesus.
It strikes a cord for me. And I anticipate a lot of cords when they perform it.
It reminds me that even on the days when I feel like I don't have much, I have plenty to give. We may know lots and lots of people around us that have more, more of just about everything. But I know that we have a lot too. We have an amazing family. We are surrounded with love. And we have an even greater love than we can comprehend. We have a God who loved us so much that he sent his son to earth for us. And that fills me with hope beyond description.

I hope that we will all pause this year to consider how much we truly have and if we feel this hope, that we would do all we can to help spread that hope. Too often we get tied up in what's under the tree and forget to count the blessings that surround it!

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  1. "Too often we get tied up in what's under the tree and forget to count the blessings that surround it!" That so perfectly sums it up completely -- exactly how I feel, and even knowing it I still do it sometimes. But so right to pause and get back the right POV.

  2. My daughter kept saying, "I can't wait till Christmas, I can't wait till Christmas" and I finally popped.. I said, "Is it that you can't wait because of the gifts? Because, really, I haven't even purchased one yet!"

    She confessed that it was the gifts. We promptly had a discussion about how she KNOWS the real meaning.

    This post was right on!

  3. Hello from Romania ,
    please read the blog – My heart His words – please look at-post - Humbled and Convicted- , my friend Tammy Nischan wrote them the story and some pictures of some hungryes poors kids , what we try to help them for Christmas .Our LORD will be so proud of us if we will do something!
    I love you blog,
    sweet blessings and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  4. You're so right. And I hope you have a very merry Christmas indeed.


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