Merry Christmas! Does it feel like Christmas? As I am writing this, it is sunny, calm, and the high today is almost 50 degrees!
Then tonight the blowing dust, the frigid temperatures, and high winds will come rolling in. I am praying some snow is with it as we need the moisture here. Thursday is supposed to have wind chill values of -43. That number seems insane to me. My focus will be on keeping our sheep alive through this blast of arctic weather.
How about you? Do you feel Christmassy?
Last Sunday we had a candlelight service at our church and I felt so filled up after that. I was in the spirit. Then news came that a family friend passed away.
Life. I keep thinking it should be all roses but, in truth, roses have thorns.
Is your Christmas the way you planned? Many are sick, many have lost loved ones. And this cold snap is going to bring some difficulties as well.
I read a quote from Taylor Caldwell that said, “And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent...”
Are you alone? Are you feeling distant? Wondering where to go or who to be with on a long, cold, lonely holiday?
There is hope, there is love, there is forgiveness. There is someone who loves you exactly as you are, thorns and all.
I hope there is time in this next week when you can take a few minutes and just stop and talk to God.
He is there, just like the sunshine, waiting for you with a warm hug to say I love you as you are.
If you don’t know Him, there are plenty of preachers in town, online, and people you can ask to help you on your journey. I am not in the habit of telling someone what they need to do. We are all on a journey and we will hopefully find our way. But my Christmas wish for you all is to find a little joy. Maybe it’s music, lending a helping hand, checking in on someone that they are safe.
Last week we lost cell service, internet, and landline phone capabilities for about a day. Honestly it was very relaxing and I got to enjoy some family time. But what about those who can’t drive or who lose heat? Is there someone you could check on these next few days? Maybe send a text, call someone, write them a note. Thinking and caring about someone means the world.
But if no one is calling and no one is around, remember, He is there for you. And if you are surrounded by people and still feel alone He is there for you. And if you are happy and filled up with a room full of joy and laughter, He is there too.
Merry, merry Christmas!
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