November 17, 2017

But the Angel Said to Them

[jessica]But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the city of Bethlehem a Savior has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord.”- Luke 2:10

For as long as I can remember I have always loved Christmas. When I was little I loved the presents. When I was a teenager I loved the break from school.

I was excited for my first Christmas being married, my first Christmas being pregnant, and then my first Christmas with a baby!

There is just something about Christmas time that has always made me feel all happy inside! It seems to me like people act different during the month of December.

Family feuds are put on hold, people do more random acts of kindness, we give to the needy, we bake goodies, and we buy gifts for others to show them how much we care.

It’s almost like for a few weeks every year people decide to be happy no matter what is going on in their life. I’ve realized though over the last few years it has been harder and harder to forget about all the unpleasantness in my life and really love the holidays like I used to.

I still do all the same traditions…decorate the house, play Christmas music, get the kid’s Santa picture, set up the nativity, watch Christmas movies.

I continue to teach my kids that Christmas is not about us, and that the presents are not the most important part, but Jesus is and it is His Birthday we are celebrating.

I always give each of my kids 3 small presents, because that’s how many gifts Jesus was given when he was born. I am so thankful and have been so blessed that 4 out of the last 8 Christmas holidays I have had a new baby to celebrate with.

Somehow though the painful times during the year are getting more difficult to forget about even during “the most wonderful time of the year!”

The loved ones that have passed away, learning as an adult how to deal with a broken family, the family members that let another year go by and still don’t want to be a part of my life, the finances that are still in the red, the friends that I let slip away because of being so busy, and the children that still aren’t perfect! (okay so the last one is never going to happen) So I started really thinking about this.

Why was I allowing myself to lose that wonderful feeling I used to get just because times are tough? Shouldn’t I be even more thankful and happy at Christmas considering I am celebrating the birth of the most precious gift ever?

How could I take my eyes off of that miracle child that was born so long ago so that my sins can be forgiven today? Had I forgot about Heaven?

A place where I will see my loved ones again, a place where divorce won’t hurt so much, a place with no debt, a place with plenty of time for fellowship, and most importantly a place where it will feel like Christmas everyday!

How easily I had continued to “preach” to my children about not forgetting the true meaning of Christmas, all the while I had been having such a pity party for myself that I had just about lost sight of that baby in the manger!

The holiday itself can’t make all the pain go away that I am feeling. In fact I will admit I don’t think Christmas can ever be exactly what it used to be for me because too many things have changed but that is okay, that is life.

I can however be especially comforted during this joyful time of year, because it is an amazing time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and how that birth changed my life forever! Jesus can help ease my pain, not only in the month of December but all year long.

As the years go by I have to remember that some old memories and traditions will fade and just become something I treasure in my heart. On the other hand I look forward to so many new memories and traditions being created.

As I reminisce at the end of every year, some memories will bring laughter and some will bring tears.

Time may change circumstances, it may bring different people in and out of my life, and it will probably always seem like there is never enough of it! But thanks to the most wonderful gift ever I can find peace in knowing that when this temporary life is over I will be able to spend an eternity where there is no pain!

So now matter how you celebrate it, how you used to celebrate it, who you celebrate it with now or who you used to celebrate it with, no matter what your situation, even if it seems that you have no reason to be joyful…please for me have a Merry Christmas!

May the best gift ever surround you and comfort you, and may your life be blessed in exactly the way you need it to be!!!

Comments

  1. Roianne T Massa says:

    I am truly Blessed! You are one half of my happily ever after and I am so proud of you!

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