Christmas Day. I received FOUR separate invitations to Christmas dinner. My personal desire was to decline all of the them, however, the 1st person to invite me was one of our community's senior citizens. Her children and grandchildren, save one never married daughter, live out of state & do not travel to eastern Montana during winter months. Ms.SP seemed so desperate to have another person spend the day with her and her daughter, I couldn't bring myself to refuse her invitation. I took a couple dozen eggs for a hostess gift and a pumpkin pie as contribution to the meal. When my family left to travel south, I had envisioned spending a very quiet day lounging on the sofa watching cheesy Christmas movies & eating bowls of popcorn. Ms.SP seemed truly delighted to have me as a guest today and after all was said and done, I am very glad I accepted her invite.
All my lounging plans were not put aside. I was home by 3:30, an entire hour before dark. I finished up the farm chores, put on my most comfy clothes & wool socks, popped a bowl of popcorn and enjoyed two Christmas movies that Mr.B and the rest of my family would NEVER watch with me - LOL!
Although my day did not go as originally envisioned, I feel so abundantly blessed by our community. These families and individuals conveyed a sincerity in their invitations that I've never felt before. I sincerely feel like they really wanted me to join them - it does not seem their invitations were extended merely out of pity (which is a good thing because I was not saddened, in any way, about the prospect of being alone today - I have been blessed with the gift of rest, something I am in great need of). That communication of sincerity has turned out to be a most precious gift and has abundantly blessed me.
My plans for the remaining days alone include a resolve to stay at home, reflect on the Word of God, meditate upon the Lord and enjoy the opportunity to bask in rest and relaxation. I am now off to indulge in a cup of hot cocoa before retiring for the evening.
Blessings and, again, Merry Christmas!