I received my monthly bulletin from Wild Birds Unlimited today and as I was reading the article titled “Reflections on Change” I started thinking about the concept of change. In the past year and half “change” could have taken on our middle name. We have certainly experienced some during this time. However, I started thinking about change in relationship to Christmas. The message of Christmas is timeless. It has not changed in thousands of years. In all the “change” that has occurred in our lives and in the world around us this message remains a constant. God remains the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He does not change and isn’t that a comforting thought in this world of constant change??
So this is our first Christmas in our new home. It has been fun to unpack many of the cherished items of Christmas’ past. I have enjoyed finding just the right spot for items we have bought through the past 29 years. Then there are the ornaments given to me by students that I have taught through the years. What a joy to remember each child!! I can’t forget to mention the little handmade items Stephen made as he journeyed through grade school. All special, and all part of our lives. It has been fun but the thing that makes it special is the love felt by this family. It is the same love we felt last year and the year before and so on. It is a love that binds us through life’s rough times as well as the smooth times. Even though it has been fun seeing all my cherished “things” this is not what has made it special. The family and friends make it special. This is a beautiful lesson I learned while full-timing. It is all about the heart, the people, The Love!
As we enter this Christmas season I am reminded of the blessings of Christmas. These blessings are constant. They were with us when we decorated our motor home for Christmas, they are with us now in our new home. It is certainly not the size of the “home” that determines the blessings. It is the love!
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!!