Christmas 2018. It is almost impossible to believe, but here we are. It is just around the corner. I remember the Christmas in 1968 Pat placed an engagement ring on my finger. It seems like it just happened, but the years tell a different story. Grady was born in 1970. Tricia joined our family in 1972. And on we advanced through the decades with our two children married and grandchildren and a great-grandchild to bring joy. There have been many life lessons to be learned throughout my 70 years. There have been joys, and there have been heart-wrenching times. Mama passed away in 2013. Daddy passed away in January of this year.
Life has happened, and it continues to happen until the moment when I will be called home to be with the Lord. This Christmas I celebrate the gift of Christ’s life for mine. I praise Him for His grace that fills me with love beyond what I can offer. I celebrate my family. Life is a beautiful gift we often squander or waste. Each moment is a chance to love with all our hearts. That moment to love will never come again. Love those who are in your life. This Christmas celebrate life with your family because you never know how long you may have. Celebrate the gift you have been so graciously given. It came at His greatest cost.
Now I pray “to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy” (Jude 1:24, NIV). I pray you will allow His love to fill your heart and make this a Christmas you will remember with great joy. His grace will carry you through life’s heartaches, and, one day, straight into eternity with Him.
© 2018 Lynn Lacher