It's not that I am spying on all of you, although you know Santa is watching.
It's just that I have been right there with you. Lost among the traditions of Christmas and the endless list of things to do during this time of year.
By the time it's all over sometimes Christmas passes you by. Your heart was not warmed, and your mind was not renewed . . . and it's time to trudge back to work . . . regular life is back and you missed Christmas!
Moms, especially, are sometimes so busy making sure everyone else has a good Christmas they forget to slice a little piece of pie for themselves and just enjoy.
There was a roaring fire in the fireplace, but that didn't make Christmas come. Christmas cards hanging on the pantry door from friends and family all over the country, but that didn't make Christmas come. Christmas cookies and hot chocolate . . . .
Skittles and Kisses were visiting her family north of us and it was starting to sleet and snow. They texted us to say they were coming back early to try to miss most of it. Because Skittles had to be at work the day after Christmas. Real life was creeping in.
Christmas came Christmas night when our son and DIL were back home safe and sound, and all of us were laughing in the living room playing video games. Afterward I was doing dishes in the kitchen and listening to all of them laughing and I realized, that my heart was warmed and my mind was renewed . . .
All season I had these pains in my heart that most everyone was missing the point of Christmas. They were all saying "Merry Christmas", but I felt like they were all focusing on the baby Jesus and not the reality of Jesus. I think next year's Christmas message should be "He Lives! He Lives!"
My deepest wish for all of you wonderful readers out there is that you will not stop at the baby Jesus, but that you remember that Jesus Lives, and because of that we can all face tomorrow unafraid.
“You don’t have to wait for the End. I am, right now, Resurrection and Life. The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live. And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26 (MSG)
You don't have to wait to have a life just "like Christmas every day", you can start today, it's not too late!
Slice a piece of pie for yourself too! Enjoy!