If Only in My Dreams

61MS3M5UGILBing Crosby made “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” popular in 1943. With US troops fighting both fronts of the Second World War, it’s easy to see why this Christmas song struck a common chord both here and abroad.

We all have dealt with separation from loved ones at one time or another, but the Christmas season seems to magnify the ache. Memories of past Christmases when all the bambinos were under your roof, or a loved one who is now missing was still sharing the holiday gatherings with us can turn our moods blue in a heartbeat!

As my husband and I listened to our Christmas gift from our youngest son—a collection of family favorites played by him on the piano and cello—brought tears to our eyes. Tears on Christmas morning? It happens but it’s OK. Tears are so necessary in this life!  They wash away the hurt, release the pain, and clear our vision.

Separation at Christmas—do we stop to realize that, even though we praise our heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ for coming to this world, this greatest gift would mean separation for them? We cannot comprehend God’s omnipresence. Were they really ever separate? Certainly, on the cross, Jesus’ words would indicate that His Father forsook Him. I believe it is Martin Luther who pondered this thought: God forsaken by God. We cannot understand, but we can be grateful. We can allow the Father’s sacrifice and separation to be a comfort to us when we are separated for a time from those we love. The greatest blessing for every believer is that we will never suffer the separation from our heavenly Father that Jesus felt on the cross. Hallelujah!

Family is a wonderful bond that cannot be broken. We may be separated emotionally, spiritually, mentally, politically or even physically from family, but the bond of relationship cannot be dissolved.  Whoever said, “Blood is thicker than water” was right. As this precious, festive season draws to a close and we start another year, may I challenge you to do all that is within your power to restore lost relationships as well as find comfort and peace in our forever Father when separation cannot be helped? Blessed Christmas to you all! Emmanuel—God with us!

Pr 18:24 ¶ A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

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8:00AM As I sit here this morning in front of the tree (don’t you sometimes stop and ask yourself why we put a tree in our living room and then decorate it!), I look beyond the tree upon a beautiful winter wonderland – the serenity of a White Christmas, and all is truly calm and bright.

I’ve already said a prayer for all those families connected to the Connecticut tragedy and realize that it is not calm or bright for so many people this Christmas.  So many thoughts whirl in my head; in fact, I was up at five this morning because of all those thoughts that just wouldn’t let me sleep, and fled to the only place of blessed quietness: God’s Word.

6:00PM Now the day had been well spent with family: eating, laughing, talking, playing and even praying.  Again, I think of all the blessings that God has poured out upon our family – my heart is blessed.

Why did He come to earth?  I believe most of you know that answer.  Earlier today, I was thinking about Thor.  I’m not sure how many of you have seen the movie about the super hero – it’s not really my type of movie, but I did enjoy watching it with Nathan!

For those of you who don’t know, Thor is a Norse god who is often associated with his powerful hammer, thunder and storms.  In the recent popular movie, Thor comes to earth, dies and is then resurrected by his father, ultimately gaining the power to destroy the enemy of a mankind!  Doesn’t that sound familiar?  (Believe me, that’s where the similarities end!)  But as I thought about the parallels and watched on as Thor did the impossible, I was again reminded of how amazing the Christmas story truly is!  Jesus came to earth, not by some mysterious bridge connecting our world to others, but by the power of God!

He is spending this Christmas with His Father with the angels, looking on as we do our thing!  (Like bringing a tree into the house!)  I can’t help wondering what He thinks of our activities as He celebrates His birth with the heavenly hosts in perfect surroundings.  What a wonderful thought – and we will be part of that celebration some day!  Hallelujah!  Merry Christmas!

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Gal 4:4-6

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