It was 1985. After months of anticipation, the day had finally arrived. The tree was stacked high with presents and we ripped open package after package. But the gift was not there. My eyes scanned the remaining packages. None were big enough to hold the radio with a cassette tape player that my 8-year-old heart had so desperately longed for. I knew we didn’t have the money for it. They were expensive and I didn’t really need it. Oh, but my heart still longed for it.
The final gifts were opened. No radio. We cleaned up the mess and began taking gifts to our rooms.
As if she had truly forgotten, my mother suddenly exclaimed, “Oh wait a minute. There is one more gift!” Could it be? Oh yes, it was. There in that box, in all of it’s silver shiny glory was a radio- WITH A CASSETTE TAPE PLAYER. I could barely contain my excitement.
This day is one of the fondest of memories. Even years later, I can still remember the joy on my mom’s face as she pronounced that there was just one more package. I can still feel the excitement in my heart over what had been sacrificed for me.
Years later, I try to remember what the season is all about, but as the day gets closer, the moments get harder. This time of year has a way of leaving us with the feeling of wanting. Maybe a magazine worthy Christmas tree, or a house that looks like Martha Stewart’s, or a perfect family all nuzzled by the fire singing silent night….
I listen to the radio drone on about Joy to the World and Peace on Earth. I turn on the TV and watch the stories of broken people all living out the perfect “hollywood” Christmas where everyone has a happy ending. I try to busy myself and keep my mind off of the obvious lacking when my mind settles on a thought. If Christmas is all about Jesus, then how can I be lacking?
Christmas is certain to disappoint if my hope is in anything less than the ONLY HOPE… Jesus.
No matter what is missing or broken in life, Christmas is perfect. It is the absolutely perfect story of an amazing savior who died to redeem ALL that was lost.
In just a few days, we will all be gathered around the tree singing silent night and enjoying precious moments with our families. Even if your holiday doesn’t look like a greeting card, I pray that you will look for the blessing of the moments that we do have and that God will richly reward you for looking past whatever storm may be making waves in your life.
As for me, I have the privilege of spending this holiday with my babies and I am going to soak in ever minute of it. So, I’m taking a blogging break until the new year. I have so many amazing things planned for us when I return. I sure hope you will be here! Until then, I figured I will finish the year off with a list of this year’s top ten most enjoyed posts. I hope you will pin or share your favorite with your friends. Be blessed and may you have joy in the truth of the season, that Jesus was born and died for all that is not right, to save us with his scandalous grace.
Merry Christmas, friends. I hope your Christmas will be as perfect as mine, regardless of circumstance.
Top Ten Posts of 2012
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