Hello everyone! I hope that your Tuesday is off to a great start! Today, as I’ve been sitting here in my office…looking out my window, I’ve been thinking on all that I have been walking through lately and you know what…sometimes, the dark and dismal moments of a day can actually make us feel so tired and so alone.
I’m sure that as we are getting closer and closer to Christmas; that there will be some who may find it difficult to enjoy the holidays, in a way that others do…especially when it comes to moments of chronic pain and illness.
I remember a time, when I was in the hospital at Christmas. This was Keith’s and my first Christmas apart and as I walked the hall, outside my room on Christmas eve…tears began to fall, as I knew that this would be a very different Christmas for both of us.
After a long night of feeling alone, I woke up to a Christmas that actually became one of my best Christmas’ ever. I will never forget what took place, as Keith had stopped by the only restaurant open, to bring me a Christmas dinner. As he sat a large bag of food on the table in my room; he began to tell me what had taken place. From what I remember, he had walked into this restaurant and had asked the man in charge, if there would be a way that he could get take out, to bring to his wife in the hospital. From there, the man began to bring out some styrofoam containers and he not only gave them to Keith but he was also filling some of them, with some very tasty foods. As Keith watched the man put all this food into these containers, the only thing he could think of; was how much was all of this food going to cost. After they had finished filling the containers, with a variety of foods, Keith asked the man for the cost of all the food and the man turned to Keith and said “Merry Christmas to you and your wife…it’s on the house.” As Keith and I opened the containers and sat at my little table in the room…near the window, I knew that this memory would always remain etched within my heart.
I have come to see that no matter what we go through…especially at Christmas; that there is a light that continues to shine brightly through the darkness. Maybe Keith and I didn’t have a Christmas tree or the things that other people were enjoying that day; but through this time of difficulty, we found that the simple things
of life actually brought Christmas alive, in a way that maybe other’s would have never seen.
No matter what you may be facing…just know that you are never alone. The moments that may seem to be the darkest right now…only become the moments, when God’s light can be seen in the greatest way. Rather than
getting caught up in the dark moments of circumstance…look for the light that can lead you to God’s best. Just as the star shone brightly many years ago, as a means of leading others to the manger, where Jesus lay; let that powerful light that only comes from a powerful God; lead you away from darkness…to a place, where you can discover God in a greater way, during this Christmas season.
Have a great day & God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…