As we are approaching yet another Christmas in celebration of the coming of our Lord and King, Jesus Christ, I am aware of a new heart condition. No, this is not a bad thing...we have enjoyed good health in 2011. In so many ways, Benjamin and I have had a very prosperous year. We have received an outpouring of love and support from friends and family, whom God has chosen to use in ways that have touched our hearts remarkably. While my heart still so often hurts...in other ways it has become most uncluttered. While decorating and trimming the Christmas tree this weekend, an old, familiar carol struck a new chord with me. Consider this lyric from "Joy To The World"...
Let every heart prepare Him room.
It was as though I were hearing the lyrics for the first time as I prepared our 'rooms' for Christmas. I have not been lamenting over how I am unable to wrap more and more presents for Benjamin this year. While hanging a special ornament from the tree, however, I found myself thinking a bit about what 'might have been'. As a single tear rolled down my face, God stopped me short as this lyric jumped out, reminding me of the reason for this season once again. It is my prayer that amidst the busyness of the holiday shopping, parties and celebrations, you will stop to remember to prepare Him room within all of your hearts.
God bless you all and have a very Merry Christmas.
Trudy, Benjamin (and Santa and Mrs. Claus too!)