This season offers us a choice, to focus on our blessings or to focus on our lack. We can choose to focus on the blessings in our lives or we can harbor feelings of discontentment and discouragement. At times, I am tempted to respond like a child demanding that Santa bring me what I want.
Then I meet those who have lost a loved one in the last year, have been diagnosed with a terminal illness or who have lost their job, experienced divorce or have a child bent on destruction, and my heart is reminded of the need to be grateful for all I have. I am fortunate enough, and if you are reading this so are you, to still have moments to share with those I love.
The best way to feel loved is to take time to receive God's love and then to share that love with others. There are people all around us who need to be loved. Why not look outward and offer a smile, assistance or companionship.
Lastly, I have been pondering the words of Elizabeth as she greeted Mary, the mother of Jesus. "And blessed is she who believed that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled." Luke 1:45
We all experience beauty and challenges. My prayer for each of us is that we may embrace the beauty in each day, and trust God that He is bringing beauty out of our challenges.
May you have a very merry and blessed Christmas season, filled with love and gratitude.