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Christmas.  How I could so easily write it off this year.  The economy is still down, at least it is in my world.  The costs of raising two teenagers rises constantly, especially with one graduating high school and the other about to get his driver’s license.  Would YOU like to share my car insurance bill?  Diane and I have both had health issues this year with her ankle still not quite what it should be and my knees deterioration continues to heighten.

We have emotional issues dealing with stress – I’m sure you’re shocked.  My Dad passed away this year.  School has drained more of my energy than I told it to.  David Jr. and his family will not be able to make it up from the deep south this time; maybe in spring (fingers crossed).

If I wanted to, I could easily write off this year’s Christmas and sit at home and mope.

But I cannot.

When you have Jesus, you have hope.  When I think of Jeremiah 29:11, the life verse of yours truly and countless others in this world, I cannot help but recall God’s great love for me and how I am to receive it and share it!  I’m not happy because we were able to squeeze our budget and get a few nice things for the boys and ourselves for Christmas.  I’m not thrilled because we’re only days away and the Christmas rush will soon be behind us.  I’m not ecstatic because all of this busyness will soon result in a nice, quiet week.  These things are nice, but they are not what gets me up in the morning and puts a smile on my face.

I can take all of the issues listed at the beginning of this note and tell you how God has provided a greater blessing:

  • My wife and I still have jobs.  Even our boys all have work of some sort.
  • I have a great celebration coming up for my son who will graduate high school – always a very happy occasion.
  • Soon my youngest will be able to drive well and what fun it is to train him to be a good, smart driver.  It’s time together!
  • OK, so I can’t think of anything good about the insurance bill (sorry)
  • My classes will finally end in July and I will walk the graduation trail myself in December 2011.
  • Diane’s ankle is better than it was and her episodes are growing fewer and farther between.
  • My knees are finally to the point of replacements if this last treatment is ineffective.  I’ve been waiting for years to hear my doctor say, “If these shots don’t work, we will get this done.”
  • My Dad’s eternal home is in heaven where my family and I will one day join him!

This Christmas I am filled with JOY because I am filled with HOPE.  All of this is made possible because of my Lord, Jesus Christ.  He is my Savior and Lord.  THIS is all I need to know to celebrate a wonderful Christmas!

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