This is my 6th Christmas since diagnosis in May 2007. The first Christmas was all quiet, no celebration. But really, Christmas is not about parties and presents. It is about GOD’s love and gift of salvation. But the world has commercialise this special and unique occasion. As Christians we must not forget the reason for our celebration.
And yes, I treasure every opportunity to celebrate. I will evenly and sensibly distribute my energy and shall celebrate the days GOD has given me. How many more Christmases will I have? I don’t know. Therefore I shall – Live today. Enjoy today. Celebrate.
For several past Christmases I could not get around to buy gifts – just too tiring and too crowded. So I only give what I knitted and must admit some of my earlier works are quite “ugly” – they are probably stuffed in some drawers, never to see the light of day…
I am still knitting and crocheting; and yes, I am still going to be giving out my handiwork! I just hope it will bring cheer and thanksgiving to family and friends!
Cheer and Thanksgiving …….. because GOD is good, GOD is gracious ( to me! ) I am the “evidence” of GOD’s love.
Psalm 103:17-18 (NIV)
“But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and His righteousness with their children’s children; with those who keep His covenant and remember to obey His precepts.”
This year, I have been able to do some early shopping. And it truly gladdens my heart to be able! Early in the month, early in the day…. no crowd. Still it’s just only for family, especially for the little ones. To be able to get into the Christmas momentum can bring delight to me. So I shall partake in all of these – shopping, wrapping of gifts, “gluttony” (?, no, I shall be sensible), planning two dinner gatherings – and with much gladness!
Through it all, we hear the Christmas story being sung, we are reminded of the true GIFT – even hope for those of us with such uncertain days ahead.
“I have come they that may have life, and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
May GOD grant us an abundant “new normal” !