Shop, shop, shop. Spend, spend, spend. That’s what Christmas has become for the majority of people. They spend what they don’t have and they buy for people they don’t like simply because society has said that’s what Christmas is about. Making money for the retailers of the world. And I’ll be honest I’ve gotten caught up in that mentally as well. Sometimes it’s hard not to-everywhere you look it hits you in the face and this year it seems like it started earlier than usual.
But even with all the consumerism around I make it a point to remind myself of what this time of year is really about-Jesus and being with loved ones enjoying laughter, good food and making memories.
So as we gather around each other opening presents and after all the wrapping paper is thrown away let’s take the time to give thanks for what we have and for another opportunity to give and receive love.
Dear God today I need your comfort. My heart is heavy. Today I need your strength. My body is weak. Today I need your love. My spirit is lonely. Hold me in your arms Lord and cradle me like a child.
If you’ve ever said a prayer like that you are not alone. The wonderful, awesome thing about God is that He will always answer that prayer.
When our hearts are heavy He sends laughter our way. When we are weak He provides us rest. When we are lonely He surrounds us with the Holy Spirit.
I know it may seem like just words and when you are in the middle of a situation it can feel that way but it’s not. He really does provide us with what we need even if we can’t see it at the time. There have been plenty of times when I wondered why but when I look back on the situation I see the hand of God.
Even in my current situation I see the hand of God and for that I say thank you Lord.
Continue trusting in God. Allow Him to surround you with His grace & mercy and don’t forget to laugh.