After we returned home last night, I was determined to get my decorations finished. I had started them yesterday morning, but I still had the tree to decorate. I was up until almost 11:00, but I got it done! I did not put up all the decorations as I normally do, but my house looks festive. I am going to pick up two Poinsettas today, with some red candles, and I am done. I just have to come home today and enjoy the outside lights my hubby and son will put up in my absence.
I love just sitting in the living room, sipping on a hot drink, and enjoying the view of my tree with all its lights. As I was going through the many ornaments I have accumulated over the years, as I do every year, I walk down memory lane. So much of my children on my tree. I love it. I ponder all the things God has blessed me with over the years ... His unfailing love ... His hand of protection when I did not even know Him ... His patience with me ... His forgiveness ... His unconditional love. These are all gifts you cannot wrap and put under the tree, or purchase in a store. They ... and Him ... are the true meaning of Christmas. We give gifts just as He gave us the ultimate gift ... His life!
Today as you rush through the stores and deal with the crowds, you are going to cross those who are rude ... those who will exhibit impatience ... those who will be unkind for seemingly no reason. Be patient and silently pray for them. As you or someone you see are the recipients of the ill-manners of others, remember and praise God it is not you behaving as such. People are not born like with these negative attributes ... something is broke on the inside of them ... something in their life went wrong ... somehow life has failed them. Instead of returning bad for bad, smile and move on. It is not worth losing your joy.
I am praying for all of you today, just as I hope you pray for me!