This morning I finished my coffee in the kitchen and slipped quietly into the living room. I laid down on the sofa listening to the battery-operated Santa play the same four tunes over and over again. I lay there admiring the decorated Christmas tree and searching for my name among all the presents underneath.
Christmas this year feels a little different for me; I will be 20 in January and I am not quite sure what I want. I do not have a list of this and that in that color and this size. Perhaps this is what growing up means? Not sure. But I do know that I wanted to remind myself to pause. Christmas is practically here and it came quickly. Just last week I was buried in study guides and index cards, but now I am home ordering gifts and helping with the finishing touches on the dining room table centerpiece.
I know the cliché wrapped in every Hallmark movie is,
“We should all take a pause around Christmas time and be thankful.”
So here goes, during the Christmas season we need to pause and acknowledge the things we are grateful for! I know for me, I am extremely grateful to go to school. I also am truly blessed with a great network of family members who care for me. I could write a book and list all the wonderful things each of my family members has done for me. So I am going to ask that on Christmas morning when everyone is sitting around the tree we pause and look around. As they open gifts with smiles on their faces, stop and remember what each of them has done for you.
Of course we must also pause and thank our Eternal Father above. I am grateful for Him always working in my life. He has certainly showed me He is doing just that. We should all be thankful that we are sons and daughters of the King. As well as the fact that He is constant and He will forever be on our side doing things for our good. He will never leave us, even if we leave Him.
“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
One more thing I ask. For us to always remember the ones who do not have anyone on Christmas.
The ones who will not open gifts or sit around a table with loved ones.
The ones displaced and persecuted around the world.
And, for us to pray for those that do not know Him.
Our first grandchild born in January 1997. A delight in every sense.
Hannah is a Sophomore attending Liberty University, majoring in International Relations and Strategic Intelligence.
Hannah, a bright star on our family tree!