“Happy Christmas Eve, Mommy!” was what greeted me this morning. And then an excited little jammy clad boy jumping into my arms explaining that tomorrow is the day he will say “Merry Christmas” to me though. 🙂 We began our Christmas celebrations yesterday, doing Christmas gift exchanging with long-distance family via webcam. Today we will enjoy a Christmas celebration with my brother’s family before heading to church for the evening service, and tomorrow we will enjoy a morning here with our own wee family & then enjoy the remainder of the day next door with Grandpapa & Grandmama. So many fun festivities to remind us of the abundance of God’s great grace and countless gifts and immeasurable joys. What marvelous, tangible, edible, material, physical reminders of both the spiritual & material things God did for us not only once in Bethlehem but forever & for all time! Amen.
This year for Christmas cards, we “went small.” I printed up a handful to hand out, but decided against taking a bundle to the post office. Instead, I email it to some friends, and above I am sharing with you the picture we used. I’m not one for the whole process of letter writing to sum-up-the-year, so you’re not missing out on that. If you’ve browsed around the blog at all this year, you are already aware of many of the ups and downs that God has seen fit to provide us for our blessing and growth. He is glorious! May we glorify Him more!
Merry Christmas, all. Enjoy the fat of the land that God has provided. Sing praises! Eat lavishly! Give gifts! Laugh and be merry! The curse is reversed, the earth is being renewed, the Lord our God shall come, and He shall reign for ever and ever! AMEN!
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
The Lord reigns; He is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed; He has put on strength as His belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”