Saturday, December 24, 2011
Merry Christmas Eve
As I sit here at home alone tonight, it would be very easy for me to feel sorry for myself. My parents spent the day with me, and we had a lovely day, but they've gone off to my sister's. And, as is the case every year, Colin is with his dad. They do a lot of celebrating on Christmas Eve and the day before, so it's tradition for Colin to spend this evening with his father's side of the family.
So, that leaves me. Home alone. Well, as alone as you can be with 3 dogs. :)
But, I have good news. I'm not sad. Not one bit. As I sit on the couch, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. My cup truly runneth over. I look around, and I see loveliness surrounding me. I see signs of a well loved home everywhere I look. I see school books and papers cluttering Colin's desk. I see a fire burning hot in our pellet stove. I see the glow of the Christmas lights that Colin and I carefully strung around our tree. And, these things do please me. But, those aren't really what is most pleasing to me tonight. As I experience this quiet moment here safe in my warm home, I am so thankful. I am thankful for health and stability. I am thankful for family and friends. But, mostly, I am thankful for the reason for this whole Christmas season.
I am thankful that it was God's design, his will, to send us his Son. I am thankful that He loved us enough to send his Son to us as a humble baby. To live here among men, and to eventually die on a cross. All for us. All for you. And for me. So, as I sit here alone tonight, my heart is truly thankful. I am not for one moment focusing on what I do not have. How can I when I have been given so much?