For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
At Christmas time each year, Manfred always takes the children off into the woods to find a Christmas tree while I stay back and unpack the ornaments. I’ll arrange a few decorations, put on some Christmas music, and get the nativity set out for Josef to set up. Then, while waiting for them to return with a young spruce that is usually way too large, I will take some time to reflect over the past year and to pray for Manfred and for each of the children individually. I’ll ponder how blessed we have been and think about what the upcoming year might hold. As the children got older, I would think, this may be the last Christmas we are all together. Maybe one of them will marry or get a job far away. But each year, here we all were again. Together.
Last year’s Christmas tree day – which was a few weeks before Hans left us for Heaven – as I prayed for my family, I had an awareness that the coming year could possibly hold a special challenge for us. I felt a little apprehensive, but … well, you know how mothers are, we always think like that. You never know.
Nevertheless, I prayed, “Whatever it is, Lord, please be with us”.
And He has.
Have a Blessed Christmas
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11