Tag Archives: God
Is there something that you really want? Something that you have longed for, for a very long time? And have you also sometimes felt selfish, undeserving or just plain crazy in even wishing for this thing? I’ve been there. But something I recently … Continue reading
Not another death. Why another funeral? My husband’s dear Uncle, another in a long line of funerals over the past 2 1/2 years. The 7th one, to be precise. He was another of that fine generation, a brave soldier who fought … Continue reading
Two little boys. Brothers. Both swept away by a current in Yosemite a few weeks ago. A few friends at my old church contacted me and asked me to pray for this family who are part of their congregation. My heart breaks … Continue reading
I was just praying for him this very morning. He was someone, along with several others, who were part of a world that usually didn’t include Jesus or any thoughts of God. And now, I can scarcely believe the reports … Continue reading
A watercolor my darling little girl and I painted together of our precious kitty, Snowball. (You can see a photo of her at the bottom of this post.) There is something about losing a beloved pet that hurts in a way nothing … Continue reading
This watercolor is of my daughter, the first year in our new home, Christmas 2004.
Christmas seemed to pass in an empty blur of activity this year.
Not only did we not do our annual advent studies or bake cookies with scripture notes for the neighbors but it felt like it was all I could do to get through each day. Since, too, it was our first Christmas in years when financial issues weren’t choking us, we probably went a little crazy with the gift buying. The weeks leading to Christmas felt materialistic and empty.
But it was more than that. I still so deeply miss my own home, my old neighbors and my fellowship at our old church, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of miles away. And Christmas brings that all to the surface.
And so, as Christmas got closer, I got sadder and sadder (and sadder.) I had failed my daughter and myself, but mostly God. How could I have let this important time slip through my fingers, while I remained caught in the web of washing dishes, cooking, cleaning and helping care for the sick?
It seemed unacceptable as a Christian.
And yet, over the last week a few truths occurred to mitigate my feeelings:
Jesus should be the center of our lives everyday.
Any season without Him is empty.
Traditions are important but can’t take the place of a relationship with Christ.
Living your life in service to others (yes, even faithfully hand-washing dishes and cleaning up other’s messes) is pleasing to God when done with a cheerful heart.
And so, here is to a New Year. A year hopefully to be spent serving others, strengthening our relationship with God and keeping Christ in every moment of every day.
God bless you all in 2012.