Christmas is a time when, together with millions of people around, we pause to reflect on the power of one life. More than any other holiday, Christmas teaches us the value of life. Part of the beauty of the Christmas story is the underlying humility – God sent His son to be born in a manger. He could have come as a conquering king, with all the trappings. But instead God chose to teach us that one life – no matter how humble the beginnings – can change the world.
Isaiah says something profound in predicting the impact of this one life unto US a child is born. His words reflect a truth that while a child may come into a family by marriage, by birth or by adoption, a child is a gift to us all, as the ripple effect of a life well lived changes all who are touched by him or her.
When we are children we are usually still focused on getting. As we get older those lists start to take on the significance of being a chronicle, an inventory of those who are integral to our very existence—those who bring meaning to our days; who laugh with us, and share our sorrows.Our Christmas lists are not really about stuff to buy, but people to honor. The list is Life. The list is people we love.
Do you ever wonder who we are missing?
My life would not have been the same without the wonderful memories of days spent enjoying the simple pleasures of just being together with my family and friends.I miss my Grandparents,Noel and Jeannie Whitwood, my Dad, John Douglas, my Niece, Katelynn Woodlee.....but most of all my daughter Ashleigh and granddaughter, Patience Lynn.
Merry Christmas to all our loved ones not here with us. These are the people who impacted generations in my life. Now they are with the one who impacted us all Christ Jesus, and he will bring us back together.