Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the promise it brings.
I hate the snow, the cold, and everything that winter brings north of Florida, but I’m stuck here right now and determined to make the best of it. Plans are to move in 18 months to Florida and I’m excited to work to make that happen.
In the meantime, I enjoy Christmas in Ohio.
Christmas means something different to different people. For some it’s Santa and a sleigh full of gifts. For others it’s hours of cooking for 15 minutes at the table. [I insist we sit for 30 minutes before all that work gets washed up and put away!]
Still others serve in soup kitchens or spend Christmas alone in their home, thinking about what had been or could have been.
For me, Christmas represents the birth of hope, peace, joy and the knowledge that I was made for a purpose. Yup, my background is in medical science. I know all about physiology, anatomy, genetics and the other good stuff that goes into understanding the human body.
But I believe that I was formed by a hand greater than my mom and dad, and that I have purpose that is greater than anything I could achieve on my own.
It hasn’t always been this way. There have been challenging years when I thought I had been abandoned and forgotten. There have been years when blessings over flowed.
And, there have been years in between.
What I have learned has been that I’ve never been abandoned, and that I also have never been promised a pain free life. No one has. Doesn’t matter what you believe, how much you believe it or how you learn your lessons – no one gets out of this life without experiencing the pain of disappointment, loss and grief.
The only difference between people who have given their life to Christ and those who are doing it alone is that when the tough times do come, one group has a strong and willing partner and the other group continues to do it alone.
However you celebrate or recognize Christmas in a couple of days, take just a few minutes to think back on the past year, your plans for the coming year, and how all of those events and plans have been woven into a tapestry you call your life and your history.
I believe that Jesus is the reason for the season and the celebration. He is the true gift. I don’t believe in coincidences or luck or all things coming together without a guiding hand.
My hope is that you have the peace, joy and contentment you need to carry you through the coming year and the challenges it will bring.