It’s nearly midnight on Christmas Eve, and I’m waiting for my kids to finish wrapping presents at the kitchen table so I can fill the stockings and set them out (also on the kitchen table). It’s already been a truly wonderful holiday, although I’ve hardly had a minute to think a quiet thought for over a week, and we’re looking forward to a couple of more glorious weeks together before we have to part with the last of the kids and resume “life as usual” for 2014. We will have everybody together over the holidays…all 27 of us, and the house is already full! Tonight we went to the Christmas Eve service at Calvary Church. We sang some carols and the kids colored pictures about the birth of Christ.
Michael read us a story for Advent and ended with a treat of gold (chocolate) coins for the kids. Now the kids are safely tucked into bed (hopefully with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads), Alan and Stephen are off to a midnight service where Stephen is playing, our adult “kids” are wrapping last minute presents, and I am thinking about how thankful I am to the Lord for our bubbly, busy family…and the fact that I haven’t sent out any Christmas cards this year and probably won’t have a chance to even blog much before mid January! Still, know that if you’re reading this, I have been praying for you.
May God bless you richly and grant you a healthy, happy 2014. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Day and a find great peace in accepting the love gift that God has sent to us: Jesus Christ, who loved us and gave his life for us.
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).