I love this time of the year! Although it's extremely busy, I thrive on the excitement of lights, decorations, family time, church programs, anticipation on children's faces, get togethers with friends...... whew! Did I mention busy?
As a christian, I believe the adrenaline rush comes from being in relationship with the one who's birthday initiated CHRISTmas. Christ Jesus is what the season is about. As we focus our attention on Him, our hearts can't help but be full of His love. The season of giving takes on a purer meaning. Giving of our means to those less fortunate, giving of our time to our loved ones, giving of our hearts to the King of kings and giving of our service to His kingdom work.
I was blessed this past weekend to experience a wide spectrum of the Christmas season. I went on a quick (30 hr) trip to New York with my daughters, granddaughter, sister in law, nieces and friends. We had a blast touring the Big Apple decorated for the season, taking in as much as we could, Statue of Liberty, Rockafeller Center, Time Square, Grand Central Station, window displays, etc. We enjoyed laugther, a subway ride, answered prayer for a sick bus, and a miracle of 5th Ave!. After experiencing a wonderful presence of God at church, Larry and I went to Williamsburg to our first attendance at the Grand Illumination. Just as in NY, there was a huge crowd of people. And just as in NY, we witnessed people that are focusing on the true meaning of Christmas. A live nativity scene in the center of Time Square and groups of church kids carolling in Williamsburg Market Square.
Larry and I stayed overnight (got caught up on sleep) and spent the day today finishing our Christmas shopping for our family. I love to bargain shop and I love to buy for my family. God blessed me with both today:-)
It will be a busy month from here on out, but I pray God will allow me to keep perspective and focus on the true meaning of this wonderful time so that He will receive all glory.