A Joyous and Blessed Christmas to all

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?


4 thoughts on “A Joyous and Blessed Christmas to all

  1. A blessed Merry Christmas to you and yours Curt. I hope your spouse's back problems can be resolved and she has my deepest sympathies regarding back pain. As for the unemployment circumstance, I feel the pain there too as I found out my job would expire on 6 Jan and not be renewed as promised. Four of 6 of us on a contract are not getting renewed! Anyway, my concerns should be less complicated as I will be able to draw unemployment- more than I would have guessed, and I've already applied at some promising places.

    Anyway, enjoy God's peace this blessed holiday season.

  2. Merry Christmas, we haven't had the television on and so haven't figured out how bad it is, and here like there family, food and fellowship make it a wonderful way to spend one's life forces – yeah, merry Christmas for the best and blest of reasons, Lord's Love.

  3. Curt,

    Wishing you and your family a very merry and blessed Christmas! And prayers for the healing of your wife's continuing back pain.

    As you intimated in your last post, the coming year(s) may prove to be "interesting" in the ancient Chinese curse (as in "may you live in interesting times") sense of the word. And while there is indeed much cause for concern, as you put it so eloquently, "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 true, and well said.

    Merry Christmas, and may the Lord's Peace and Love be with you and your family!

  4. I don't believe in the right way to call myself a Christian in that sense anymore (neopagan is probably closest, since one thing I do believe in is reincarnation). But in the sense of culture I'm very definitely Christian. You can't really separate the Western culture and Christianity, and I don't think you should try. As far as I'm concerned, what exactly I believe is my private business, and all I'm asking for is that matters of faith are left to polite conversations, no preaching to those who don't ask for it. But when it comes to the culture I was born into, yes, that is a Christian one. So, even if this a few days late, and from a pagan, Merry Christmas.

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