I hope and pray you are having a blessed and peaceful Christmas. The world does not make it easy to remember the joy and excitement we should be anticipating as we await Jesus birth. Too much news, too many illnesses can fog our 'Jesus meter' and make it hard to grasp the true meaning of what Jesus did for us over 2,000 years ago.
Yet we must remember, that despite everything surrounding us, the good, bad, and ugly, we need to see the beauty in this time. We need to feel God's warmth and love in our hearts. Sometimes it has to be a very concentrated effort. It may not come easy, but we truly must stop and remember.
Maybe it's because I'm older now and know much more about the world, see more of its ugliness more often, yet I have to remind myself, this is NOT the end...this is only part of the journey that will lead me to God's love. And I must be open to it and help others see and feel it too.
So, my wish for you this Christmas is for you to feel God's love and warmth in your soul. Please stop and take the time, look at a favorite ornament, smell the balsam of the tree, see the Christ Child in the manger, the wonder on a child's face and remember that God loves you so very much! Nothing in this life on earth can take that away from you.
Merry, joyful, and a very blessed Christmas to you!