I used to hate the Christmas season . It was so commercial and crowded stores full of grouchy people were never very appealing to me. Money was always tight, but more so in the last few years, and buying gifts for family you rarely ever see was difficult at best. Most gifts were not really appreciated and some felt that money gifts were too impersonal .
A couple of years ago , I suggested everyone draw names and then offer 2 or 3 suggestions about what they would like to have . That way everyone would only have to buy one gift and everyone would get something they really wanted. Not everyone would agree to that . So…I decided to start a new tradition of no giving or receiving gifts among ourselves . After all, everybody was having financial trouble as well and could use less stress on their checkbooks .
I guess that decision didn’t set too well with many because instead of visits I got texts instead.
I understood that as they were used to snacks and games and presents all the years prior and the change made them feel sort of rejected while it made me feel sort of used.
But through it all a wonderful Christmas miracle happened! With the huge stress and worry gone , I actually found myself enjoying the season with the bright lights and beautiful decorations and the wonderful music. I even enjoyed the crowds and smiling at people and having them smile back. At church on Christmas Eve, the true meaning of the season rang through loud and clear for me. This Baby was born to save us all and there never was. ….nor will there ever be a greater gift than that!
I plan to continue this new tradition.
Try it…..and feel the grace!
A lady writes that she has been upset daily by reports everywhere about the evil that is currently running rampant over our world.
“I found myself depressed often from all the hatred and violence and the lies being told and all the insanity . I went to Christmas shop to lift my spirits with the lights and decorations . As I wandered through the store it seemed I was drawn to a life size Nativity display . As I stared down at the baby Jesus a warm feeling of calmness came over me. I felt as though everything will be all right as I realized Jesus came to us to save us from all the sin and evil. I became aware that He will shine a light on all the evil happening and expose the lies and evil deeds. I prayed ‘Lord . ..thank You. You’ve got this !’
I left feeling relaxed and I smiled with my spirits definitely lifted.”
Thank you Mrs. JT of Lavonia for sharing that beautiful story.
A lady who attends a nearby church recently lost her husband . This grieving widow, sobbing and clutching her husband’s picture, cried out to God ” I just want him to come home!”. She instantly felt a warm peace fill her heart and she heard these words inside her head : “He is home”. Wow! What a comforting hug!
We were told we had to evacuate our home which was surrounded with rapidly rising and turbulent water . Rescuers were waiting in a boat in my front yard but I couldn’t find my cat, Major. He would normally come to my call but he was afraid of the howling wind and I looked everywhere for him to no avail. Finally, the rescuers could wait no longer and we had to leave my precious cat abandoned . I was devastated ! . Two days after the storm, we were allowed back in our homes to assess the damage. With terror in my heart I searched for my kitty and found him huddled in the attic rafters, very much alive, hungry and very happy to see me! A major “hug” for Major and me!!