We've been out of town all month, and just rolled back into our garage last night. It was a great trip, one of the best ever. While I was playing with my children at Disney Land, and enjoying the warmth of California sun, my thoughts were not on Christmas.
But now, it's the 21st and Christmas is just around the corner. My kids received money for Christmas, and I was warmly blessed to see their eagerness to spend their gift money on others.
We were also given the pick of our Christmas tree from a tree farm, so today we headed out to go cut down our tree. We were greeted with hot chocolate and donuts before the short trek to find the perfect tree. And, there were a lot of perfect trees, but when we saw the tiny tree, shorter than me, it just seemed to be more than perfect. So, with a few swift cuts of the blade the tree was ours!
This Christmas all my children will be with us on Christmas day and our grandchildren! To me, this is a beautiful gift. There are not a lot of presents under our tiny tree, but it is wrapped in love.
As I mentioned, we've been away on a trip. We went to California. My husband had business to attend to there, my kids and I had some serious play time.
It wasn't all fun and games though. God sent some rainy days to stop the flurry and put us all to rest. It was delightful.
With each day I thanked God for the way He was wrapping up 2014 for me. He took a year that has been hard and challenging, and topped it with fun, rest, play, and love. All the things I really needed. I felt wrapped up in His love and protected in His shadow.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalms 91:1
And, I realized that sometimes when we are in the shadow, it can feel dark and alone--for a time. Shadows are like that. But, there is safety in that dwelling place, and knowledge of light.
In shadows, there is a wrapping.
This Christmas season, my prayer is that each one of you will abide in the shadow of the Almighty and know the wrapping of His amazing love. May your life be filled with rest, play, family, joy, and Jesus.
And, in the New Year Say That Again!