Merry Christmas everyone!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas day full of love and giving. Ethan woke the whole family up promptly at 7 AM to open presents. We all sat around the Christmas tree in our pajamas as we unwrapped gifts from one another, accumulating an incredible amount of recyclable* trash. Gift giving is my love language to others. Giving people gifts and seeing their excitement as they open and use them is my favorite part of Christmas. It warms my heart. Although gifts are only material items that last for a certain length of time, I sometimes struggle to express my love for another person. Since love cannot be touched or held, I enjoy showing my love in a way that is tangible.
*Seriously y'all, in the season of giving, do something good for the environment and be sure to recycle all of your used wrapping paper!*
It was so nice to be home with both of my brothers and parents for Christmas. Living over 300 miles from my home and family makes every moment I get to spend with them so much better. With Adam in graduate school and me in Boone, we're beginning to go our separate ways and the time we are able to spend together is becoming rare. Being able to spend time with the people I love most on Christmas day was an incredible blessing, and I am so thankful for every moment and memory.
I can't make a post about Christmas without mentioning the ultimate reason for celebration, giving and love that takes place on December 25th every year.
"An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord."
All that we have and all the incredible blessings we are given are made so evidently clear on Christmas day. By gathering with our families and loved ones, exchanging gifts, stuffing ourselves to the brim with homemade meals and surrendering all of our worries and stress, even if only for one day, we are placed in the perfect position to give thanks to the Lord for all that we have due to His unfailing love and sacrifice.
"For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this."
As you go on to enjoy your Christmas break, don't be afraid to be lazy and offer your soul some rest. Sacrifice your time off to The Lord and soak yourself in all that we owe to Him, and all the good in our lives that He is responsible for.