Last week I invited readers to submit their reasons to be joyful at Christmas. Here’s a summary:
- Singing carols from the Karaoke channel.
- Christmas cards that renew friendships from long ago.
- Carolers’ smiles and contagious children’s joy!
- Heart-warming flowers of the season (poinsettias, amaryllis).
- Grandchildren walking with the Lord!
- Family eating, singing carols and opening presents, with no iPhones or iPads allowed!
- Being blessed by precious memories.
- Remembering that God is still at work revealing His Son, Jesus, to us.
- Knowing Christ is with us and we are never alone, regardless of our circumstances.
- Giving and receiving from those near and dear to us.
- Loved ones, by God’s grace, successfully battling cancer and other dread diseases.
- Sensitivity for people who have a difficult time at Christmas.
- Grandkids whose faces light up when seeing a tree full of presents.
- Special late night candlelight worship services on Christmas Eve.
- Silent night, holy night! All is calm all is bright! Thank you Lord!
- Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given!
- His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!
- Preparation, giving, family time, joyful memories of childhood.
- Embracing those who live alone or experience grief of any kind.
- Welcoming the future, confident my Lord will lead in a time of uncertainty.
- Offering support to those suffering from illness, abuse, or addiction.
- Acceptance of those who are “different” from me.
- Enjoying good food and drink (in moderation, of course).
- Giving to help eradicate world hunger.
- Seeing everyone pitch in the day after to restore normalcy.
- Recalling the blessedness of another Christmas with precious family time together!
And here are a few of my own:
- Worshiping and celebrating Christmas with family, including my 99 year old mother!
- Watching family members read my personal Christmas letter to each of them, check enclosed!
- Thanking God for peace in the midst of pandemonium, tranquility in a season of terror, freedom in the face of oppression, light in the darkness, forgiveness in a manger in Bethlehem!
- Knowing that a thousand times in history a baby has become a king but only once in history did a King become a baby!
A very Blessed, Christ filled and Merry Christmas to you all!