As Christmas is approaching... and I - like most everyone else, am scrambling to purchase that perfect gift for those that I love. For a couple of years Christmas was a very sad time for me. In 2008 my sister & I lost our mom and a few days before she died... our daughter Jessica and her family left the U.S. to serve on the Mission Field in Thailand. Those losses... took their toll.
Now, over 3 years later... I am looking to Christmas with anticipation. For
|Our Grandchildren: Sophie, Caroline, Jackson|
myself though... It's not about the Presents... but the Presence. There were years that "getting" that perfect gift was exciting and Steve and others have given me some very special gifts... but the older I get - I can honestly say - there is NOTHING that I want that can be wrapped. The "presence" of family and friends and their well-being - are the most precious gifts of all. To have Steve, my children, and grandchildren, Lord willing, with me this December 25th will be enough and worth more than anything "money" can buy. The only thing that could even begin to make it better is the "presence" of more family and friends, and health and healing for some very special people in my life!
I can't help but feel that way about the Lord also. He has blessed me with many things (blessings) over the years but... It's not about His Presents that He gives... It's about His Presence in my life that is most important. I don't want to live one minute that His Presence is not with me... leading and guiding my everyday!
(Psalm 139:1-7) "O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?"