Merry Christmas Eve, dear friends. While our celebrations may all be a little lackluster this year, I hope and pray that the joy of the season still shines bright in our hearts. Starting the minute I hit “publish” on this post, I’ll be taking off a few days for this sacred holiday. But first I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to wish you a blessed holiday and to express my gratitude for you.
I am so very grateful, not just for the career this blog has afforded me, but for the community you have helped me to build here. Thank you for showing up here, sharing your comments and letting me into your lives. I count you as friends. And because so many of you have become “regulars” here, I’ve come to feel even more responsible for bringing you quality content, showing up regularly, providing something of value in the blessing and serving your needs instead of just my own. You’ve stretched me. And that’s a good thing. Thank you.
Christmas can be a difficult time for various reasons any year. Even without the constraints of this pandemic, you could be struggling to feel the joy. So please know that you are on my heart this week. Whether you’ve lost a loved one, you’re separated from the ones you love or you’re dealing with the ravages of this pandemic, I’m praying for you to have peace, hope, love and joy. I was reminded in my Bible reading this morning that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Please take comfort in that promise.
James and I wish you and your families a merry and bright Christmas. You are a blessing to us!
Blessed for My Day
Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation
that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.” ~ Luke 2:25-32