I owe my youngest, Stratton, a birthday post. I have pictures of his special day turning into a teenager, but it is Christmas day so I will save his post.
Me and the kids have had a hard week. I don't really like to say that because we are extremely blessed. People are homeless, sick, have very sick kids, are lost spiritually and that is considered a hard time. I think I should say we had a minor disappointment this week.
Things happen to all of us all the time that we don't understand or feel is fair, but that is just a part of life. So many other things are way more important and maybe we have those bumps in the road to remind us of what truly is important.
I talk about my grandparents all the time on here. They are such sweet people and we went to the Christmas Eve church service at their church. My uncle is in town so it is always fun to try to spend as much time with him while he is here. He is so much fun, I wish he was here all the time!
They belong to a small church, but after dealing with so much drama in our own church it was really peaceful to just sit with family and enjoy a small, intimate service. God always puts us where we need to be when we need to be there. The preacher's message was of course about the birth of Jesus, but he went back a little and talked about how God created us, got disappointed in us, used Noah and then Abraham and how rather than destroying his creation again he sent us His Son to teach us right from wrong. I know I am not going to be able to repeat his message in the way the preacher did and make as much sense, but the idea was how God gets to us. How He reaches us. Ironically for me listening to him (after being really disappointed in the court system with child support this week), he had a kind of comparison of government and God reaching us. God makes order out of chaos. However, government doesn't always result in order. We are given a choice to let God in, let Him use us to spread his teachings in an attempt to be the "order" in situations. We may not like a situation we are in, but we can choose to be the one to do the right thing according to Him. I know I didn't deliver this like he did, but I loved what he said at the end. We were about to light our candles to sing "Silent Night" and he said, "We can follow in the light of Christ or follow in the darkness." I love that.
It makes so much sense because if we follow God we are never alone and never in the dark. If we choose not to follow him, we are walking around in dark chaos. We can choose to be that light, set an example, and maybe others will follow.
We always know, especially at Christmas, that Jesus is the best gift that could ever have been given to us. The gift of truth, hope, and peace. That is the one gift that definitely deserves to be re-gifted!
We all have hard times, some much harder than others. I hope and pray that each of you have a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy, and happy New Year!