Today was full of surprising gifts. We received a box of gifts from my dear BFF sister in Texas. She has the most incredible knack for sending the most thoughtful gifts. The obvious time and effort she puts forth means so much to me. I am touched that someone could and/or would love me so much as to be so thoughtful.
I also had an unexpected visit from our neighbors. I was not expecting to see them drive up this afternoon. Yes, my next door neighbors DROVE to our house. As ridiculous as that may sound to most, you all must remember that my next door neighbor is 1 1/2 miles away. Since our temperature was 1 degree Fahrenheit @ 2:30 this afternoon, I think a drive in a warm vehicle was practical. Mr. W and his two beautiful children blessed us with a Christmas gift AND some bison! I decided to wait until my family returns home to open the gift and I am confident Mr.B will be very grateful for the bison. EJ & OG will be disappointed they missed a visit from their friends.
This evening I attended my 1st ever candlelight Christmas service. In all the years I've been a Christian, family obligations have kept me from attending a candlelight service. The singing was angelic. The message was delivered with compassion and love. BUT, my favorite portion of the evening was the closing when the candles were lit. As I stood in the dark watching each person light his/her candle the symbolism of the witness of Jesus Christ was so poignant. We all stand in the darkness of sin separated from God. Because of the gift of Jesus Christ we each have the opportunity to be reconciled with God. But how do we receive that gift? The Christian stands in the light of God and his/her world is illuminated (a person stands with a lighted candle). The Christian tells us of the gift of Jesus Christ, we then must choose to accept the gift (light our candle) or reject it. When we accept the gift we then witness to another person and he/she has the opportunity to accept (light his/her candle) or reject. As the message is spread and accepted one person at a time is pulled out of the darkness of sin and into the light of God. As we went around the church lighting candles, I noticed that one man's lit candle was extinguished. To me this represented a fall from our Christian walk. However, when his candle went out, his neighbor turned to him and offered to help him re-light his candle. He accepted the offer and was once again illuminated with light. When we fail and succumb to sin's temptations, we have the opportunity to repent and be reconciled, once again, to God. Oh! how I wish I were eloquent enough in my writing to effectively convey the message of how the lighting of the candles ministered to my heart. What a beautiful gift the Lord gave me this Christmas!
I pray you and your loved ones experience something special and moving in your hearts this Christmas.
MERRY CHRISTMAS & GOD BLESS