Tonight things did not go as planned. My husband in true, Robert spirit, waited until the last minute to build a beautiful, handmade gift for his grandmother. This meant that I attended the candlelight service without him.
Jaxon and I made cookies for Santa. Unfortunately, sweet Jaxon fell asleep before we could set them out together. We also did not get to track Santa for several hours as planned.
My mother and I attended church together and it was absolutely lovely to be back at my old church. Fellowship there is warm and wonderful. I had missed so many faces. I even had a mom moment that made me giggle. The pastor’s wife apologized for her very vocal youngster. I thought, “Have you met MY children?”
Jaxon got a phone call from Santa and sang me Christmas songs while wearing a Rudolf nose. While plans changed, the evening was great. When I returned from church I prayed with my husband and Jaxon. Jaxon told Jesus, “Happy Birthday!”
I explained to Jaxon how much God loved him and why this night was so very special. I asked him if he knew how much his daddy and I loved him. He nodded. I said God sent His son to earth on his behalf. I asked if he could imagine us sending him or his brother anywhere. He shook his little head. I said THAT is how much God loves you.
We reviewed where Jesus’ life on earth would lead. “THAT is how much God loves you.”
Jaxon smiled. I smiled. I took a Mary moment and pondered all of these things in my heart. I felt the overwhelming gratitude and peace of the beginning. I look at my nativity scene at home and I think of all of God’s fulfilled promises.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
This week alone has held answered prayers and fulfilled promises. This year can move me to tears at any moment. We are blessed beyond measure. There has been so much growth and the perseverance of this family is the result of a God who doesn’t quit.
Mama, I do not know what you may need reassurance in. I do not know what mountain you are facing or what seemingly impossible dream you are chasing. Honestly, I don’t have to know.
What I do know is that God provides. He is at work. His will is perfect and His timing is always punctual. May the peace of this night cover your doubtful darkness with the light of Jesus. May you find comfort in knowing that Christmas is truly another fulfilled promise of your God.
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.