By this time I have all my Christmas shopping done, most of my gifts wrapped, and all the shopping done for my winter wardrobe (it finally fell below 50 here in Austin, so I of course ran out and bought armfuls of sweaters and coats -- and somehow didn't buy gloves but that's another story altogether).
I'm feeling a little inundated with posts about "What I want for Christmas" or "What I'm buying so and so for Christmas." I personally have stretched, and strained, and over reached my budget for the month... and as often happens after the buying blizzard is over... I'm forcing myself to sit back and think about what really matters...
I'm thankful that I'm healthy, and happy, and have opportunities on the horizon. What a wonderful Savior I serve. What other King would leave his thrown, and his riches, and his Glory to become "the Least of These" for me? As the season has progressed I've quietly (and admittedly inconsistently) celebrated the advent, the Christian season of watchful waiting for the Savior who has come once before and will come again.
I'm relieved that the sum of my life is not all I own, or all that I can buy, but rather all that I am, and hopefully a reflection of the One who created me.
Tonight I'm going to pour a glass of wine, sit by my fire (unless of course its 65 like it was yesterday) surrounded by the PBF, our three loving dogs and my beautiful Christmas Tree. These quiet moments of beauty and rest are the things I enjoy the most about the Christmas Season. The reminder each year that there was One who came for you and me, who loves each of us more than we could ever imagine. That the love we share with one another is a small example of how much He Loves Us!
Merry Christmas everyone!