Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Full of Hope and Wonder...

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; ..., and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

This has been a wonderful year full of Hope and Wonder for our family...Sometimes it is hard to see all the blessings before us as we watch our lives unfold before us in a way we never ever imagined.  

In this past year, my youngest child, my son Christopher, graduated from Northern Arizona University in May. After an fun "road trip" home, he settled in town and started his Masters Program at University of Houston. Last March he invited me to share his Spring Break with him in California. It was a great trip! The following month, my daughter Claire, graduated from her residency in Jacksonville, Florida.  She got engaged at the very top of a beautiful lighthouse in San Augustine, Florida and will marry next spring. She moved home, passed her board certification, and opened her private practice in Katy, Texas. Her twin sister, my daughter Nicole, and her husband Brian, had a great year, enjoying Andrew, my first grandson, who is 18 months old.  I was privileged to join my mother for two full weeks in France enjoying much of my family, some great food and wine, and some much needed downtime to walk the streets of St. Jean and enjoy overlooking the sea...almost daily.  It was good for my soul.  It gave me peace. I decided to abandon FEAR. It has been a wonderful year...As it comes to a close, I look forward to a Christmas full of family and friends and you.

When I think of all we have done and how far we have come, it amazes me. It inspires me. It gives me hope, and I'm filled with wonder. I do realize, as you do, this is not the life I had imagined. However, I believe God calls us to see the blessings that surround us. To chose Joy even though we are suffering. To see the small, bright light of a candle, during the darkness of long nights. To breathe in Hope and breathe out Fear, Pain, Loss... 

What do you Want for Christmas?
by Ann Voskamp
"I don't want a Christmas you can buy.
I don't want a Christmas you can make.
What I want is a Christmas you can hold.
A Christmas that holds me,remakes me, revives me.
I want a Christmas that whispers, Jesus."

We are called to begin again, to live again, to start again, as a young, small child did, so many years ago in a damp stable on a cold, dark night, with only bright stars to light His way...

Christmas Prayer -  
by Howard Thurman

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:

To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among others,
To make music in the heart.

Let us begin anew, looking forward to a bright new year, full of Hope and Wonder. 
Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and a wonderfully bright New Year!

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