Well, in the course of the past two days, we went from having a nice quiet Christmas with just the two of us, to having at least 7 and possibly 9 for Christmas dinner. [Update] It was 9 [/Update]
That’s OK. I think we’ve got enough to feed everyone, we just won’t have lots of leftovers like we usually do.
As I mentioned in a comment to my decidedly pessimistic last post, my wife has still been having back troubles even after her last surgery. She’s going to have to have another one but we don’t know when it’s going to happen yet. She got laid off from her job because they didn’t have any “light duty” positions available, but was then told by her doc that she can’t work at all anyway. Because she can’t work, she can’t claim unemployment and workman’s comp is giving us a hard time about continuing to pay after the last (unsuccessful) surgery so we’ve got a lawyer working on them. In the meantime, we’re down to one income.
That means that this year we are eschewing the commercial aspects of Christmas and concentrating on the real reason for the season.
Anyone who reads regularly knows I’m a Christian but also knows that I don’t get preachy (at least not very often) about it. I will take advantage of this opportunity, however, to say this:
The holiday of Christmas is a commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Regardless of our financial situation, the political climate, the physical climate or any other of life’s inevitable challenges, believers can always joyously celebrate this day and the event and freedom that it represents. Santa may not have anything to leave in our stockings this year, but the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ that saves us from the just consequences of our sins is eternal and no less copious this year than any other.
So…we’ll have family around us, a roof over our heads, a fire in the fireplace, good (home-made) food to eat and the peace and grace that comes with a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior.
What more does anyone need? We are truly blessed.
How’s that for a contrast with my last post?