This year’s celebration felt like being inside our production of “The Nutcracker”—lots of lovely encounters with wonderful people, all ages and stages. (Doug and I being the oldest) To have been part of our kids’ Christmas celebrations remains the greatest gift! All the little and big joys of Christmas Day 2013 – they were no dream! Yep – we feel like we’ve been crowned king and queen of the land of sweets!
Color me satiated . . . and not just because of all the yummy food, that was the day’s fare. I can’t say I ate too much . . . But I sampled all the fare — and smaller portions of luscious food can fill a girl up right well!
However, enjoying all those dishes with family and good friends was the true gift that keeps on giving. To quote a Facebook post: “I think the older you get . . . the things you really want can’t be bought.” (Although, every present we received was exactly what we needed)
Reflecting on this year’s celebration, I didn't know I still had that much party in me. And maybe that was a good present, too.
More light than we can learn,More wealth than we can treasure,More love than we can earn,More peace than we can measure,Because one Child is born. (Source)
Christmas lights still twinkle, but the continual caroling through the auspices and generosity of public broadcasting and those who support it is over. Hearing the sublimity of the hope that God intersected human history was been quite a tonic, for this hope does not disappoint, especially as news of power outages, and shipping woes – and bombings, and blustering crowds out the jewel of joy that was mine yesterday,
Gentle reader, as we get back to the business of living in and through uncertain times. May that hope be yours in abundance!
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5)
A related and worthwhile link before packing away this year’s memories: