December is here, colder weather, fires in the fireplace, Christmas lights, trees and decorations throughout neighborhoods, baking cookies, and family visiting. All the good things that warm my heart this time of year. My son is home from his first semester in college and my heart is dancing. I must remind myself to take moments to breathe and see all those blessings around me. It is so easy to get caught up and forget to give thanks and reflect. In Romans 12:10, we are reminded to “Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other.” Know that gifts are given even in words and that remembering to say and tell affections to others, we honor not only who we are, but who they are and what they mean to us.
Blessings come to us in different forms, in my life most recently it was reconnecting with a few special familiar faces at the Greenery distribution and watching as my daughter enthusiastically helped load greenery in the back of cars and wish them a Merry Christmas. Our youth group had some friendly group competition desperately trying to create the best gingerbread house. This brought the blessing of lots of laughs, kidding around, creativity, teamwork, and happiness. Most recently this past Sunday seeing all the children trying on costumes and practicing the pageant brought me utter joy. The blessings of these sweet children that run up to hug me and do their best to listen and truly enjoy the meaning of the season. As in Luke 2:10, “The angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.”
In 1 Corinthians 1:10, “Now I appeal to you brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.” Which brings me to one of my biggest blessings, the amazing group of volunteers that create a flourishing environment for me to carry out all these wonderful programs. My heart is truly touched by every one of you and how dedicated you all are to being united in the same mind and the same purpose. Our children, youth, and families are also among my cherished blessings, and it is my deepest wish that you and all of St. Alban’s has a truly blessed Christmas!