Monday, December 26, 2011

Our Merry Christmas

I wish I had some festive pictures to post of our Christmas, but it didn't exactly go as expected.  We had originally planned on joining some of our dear local friends to celebrate Christmas morning and then pass out some goodie bags to our market & street seller friends.  But after a week jam-packed with parties, events, and lots of people, both boys woke up a sneezy, snotty mess.  Not only that but Kevin had some serious stomach issues (probably because he ate a chicken head the night before).  So our Christmas morning merriment involved my husband comatose in bed, my two sick babies (one of whom has decided he'd rather not take a morning nap anymore), and five loads of laundry that needed to be done for the college girls that are visiting this week.  To add insult to injury, a good friend of mine butt-dialed me (you know, when you accidentally bump your cell phone and inadvertently place a call), and I could hear her merry voice on the other end doing the exact things that I wanted to be doing at that moment.

But God is good.  So very good.  Instead of wallowing in a "failed" Christmas, He reminded me of that little baby in a manger.  The one who came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).  On Christmas, I got to share in the heart of Christ by serving my family & our visitors.  There wasn't a present under our tree this year but this sweet reminder of Christ & Christmas was quite enough for me.

4 comments:

Brad and Carrie said...

Sorry things were a little dreary for you guys, but thankful that the Lord redeemed your perspective. Apparently, He thought that was just perfect for you guys on this Christmas. Such a reminder that His grace looks so different for all of us.

Susan/Mama/G-mom said...

Christmas presents in February! Can't wait.

Chris & Sarah Peek said...

I wish I had butt-dialed you. Glad that you can be thankful despite less than excellent circumstances. Hopefully our box-o-Christmas will arrive soon!

Rachel said...

Oh Beck! Yes, you're right, the true gift of Christmas is serving, and loving, and MORE of Him. Glad the Lord helped you. We've had some "failed" christmases too! (Most notably the one where John was so sick he couldn't talk and threw a book at the closed bedroom door to get my attention!) Blessings to you, dear friend.
Love you,
Rachel