|Our son Matthew, on one of our last|
walks in the woods together
Okay, I apologize for rambling, and I certainly don't want to put a damper on a very happy season...and a marvelous Christmas that we have just had with our loved ones here. It was all wonderful...but sometimes we have to allow ourselves to acknowledge the underlying thoughts and sadness that may be affecting our emotions in ways that we don't even realize. Many are going through grief and loss and loneliness...and may have many things to "ponder"....so read on...and be blessed and thankful for the wonderful gifts we do have through Christ Jesus our Lord...and allow Him to comfort and bring healing to the tender spots in our hearts and minds.
ORIGINAL POST 12/28/2014:
One verse kept leaping out at me this past week as we read the Christmas story from Luke 2:1-20...
- The Angelic announcement of the miraculous conception and birth of her baby, The Son of God.
- The kindness, love and support of her betrothed husband, Joseph, in the face of tremendous stress and concern.
- The unusual visit from the shepherds to the manger, and the excitement they shared over the angelic announcement of the birth of her baby.
- "Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace...
- My eyes have seen Your salvation
- which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
- A Light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel..."
- a dreaded diagnosis
- a terrible accident
- family problems
- a wayward child or mate
- loss of job, home, or loved one