Friday, December 22, 2006

Merry Christmas

It's that most wonderful time of year again.I have not posted in awhile.I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving.I hope you found much to be thankful to God for.I know I did.It was more than the wonderful meal prepared in full by our daughter April.It was everything.It was her good cooking.Her hospitality.It was the presence of those we love.It was being able to set aside a day in a relatively free country and give thanks to the One who gave us so many things to be thankful for.Like Steve and I celebrating our 14 year anniversary on November 21st.In my family I think 14 years is/was a record for length of time married.I am sure our shared faith in Jesus and commitment to each other is the key.Then I got to celebrate my 45th birthday on November 30th(how did I get to be so old?LOL)and to think of my mom who would have been 79 on November 29th had she not passed away in Janruary of 2001.She always said I was her belated birthday gift the year she turned 34.Thanks mom.I love and miss you still.And now Christmas is just 3 days away as I type this.The day we,as Christians,celebrate the greatest gift of all God's gifts.His Son Jesus.Being born into a world,dark and filled with sin.Full of pain.Sorrow.A tiny baby bringing light and life to all who would choose to follow Him.To commit themselves to the man He would become.Our Savior.The One who would by being born and then dying at the hands of sinful men,would grant us access to heaven.Emmanuel(Matthew 1:23)God with us!God.With.Us.His presence ever near.Bringing us hope.Peace.Salvation.All we would ever need.Thank You Father for this wonderful gift.This most important gift.Your Son.Jesus.Emmanuel.God is with us.No matter what we face.God with us.No matter what we've done.God with us.No matter the darkness we find ourselves surrounded by.God with us.
"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign:Behold,the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son,and shall call His name Immanuel."
(Isaiah 7:14)
In closing I want to wish each of you a most blessed Christmas filled with all the goodness of God.And a prosperous New Year too.Merry Christmas to all.
Blessings all,Sharon