Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Simple Season

Merry Christmas!
This Christmas season was quite different for me. I worked both Christmas Eve and Christmas day. We didn't put up any Christmas decorations as our home is just getting back to order, and we didn't exchange gifts due to the effects of the recession. But -- all in all --I loved this "simple" Christmas.

Brett and I have been spending the last few weeks watching different Christmas moves. I can't tell you how long it has been since I've seen The Grinch--and I didn't remember its poignant lesson. Christmas is not just about the presents! I loved it--especially since I dislike shopping so much :)
So what is Christmas about-- It's simple. It's about the miraculous birth of a baby named Jesus who was born to set the world free from their sins. The birth of Christ was to bring "peace on earth" (Luke 2:14). Although the earth doesn't seem to have much "peace"--I know that peace is available and living in the hearts of many individuals. Despite all of life's difficulties, challenges, changes--you can have peace regardless of circumstances.

Today, I remembered that peace as I had the privilege of praying for a sweet elderly patient that was fearing a negative diagnosis. As tears welled up in her eyes--I prayed that peace would fill her--and it did. She was happily discharged with a negative test result!

So before we become frenzied about life's upsets--remember--I do and can have peace--because of the simplicity of the birth of a baby--Jesus Christ!