Sitting in my kitchen this morning thinking of you guys and having just made my coffee, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of a gift that you’ve already received. One that it greater than any gift you will receive this Christmas, better than any you’ll give.
…she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christa the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
Those of you who’ve followed me for a long time know that the last few Christmas’ have been pretty rough around my house. But no matter how crazy life gets, no matter how painful, my Gift is always there waiting for me. He will never leave me or forsake me. No Apple product, or clothes, or even a brand new Ferrari can ever come close to that.
I’m not saying I would turn them down! I’m just saying that they will fade in time, but God’s love for us never will.
Sooooooo, I’ve had a family emergency. My step-daughter Chelsea was life-flighted to Vanderbilt Friday morning due to a ruptured aneurism. It has been a crazy few days, and one where my head just isn’t….well….you understand. I will not be writing this week for the blog. However, in incredible CLoBlog Tribe fashion, some of the phenomenal readers have asked if they can guest post for me in my absence.
Therefore, I have asked the brilliant Amy Lorton to help me out with the process this week. She will working with Tribe members to make this happen for you. If I miss a day of getting up one of their great posts, it’s only because I was preoccupied, or I just was too tired to make it happen. Please hang in there with me.
I thank you guys for your love and support. You have made this an incredible community!!! If you would like to know what’s going on with Chel, please feel free to go to my Facebook and follow there.
On a plane ride home from Savannah, I watched the movie Act of Valor. I can tell you that I never thought I would be shedding tears over an action flick. But I did–a lot. If you haven’t see it, please consider doing so.
Every single day, warriors are putting their lives on the line so I can sit in my office and type this out. Sleeping in hotel beds a third of the year is a lot better than sleeping in a dessert or a jungle somewhere. Eating a home cooked meal is considerably better than a lot of the meals our protectors eat.
I am so proud of the people who make sure I am able to go about my day with the feeble worries that I have, as opposed to having serious concerns like being blown up or something.
To the men and women who serve to protect me every day, to say thank you doesn’t even cover it! You are my heroes!!! If it brings you any comfort, please know that you are appreciated immensely, and you have my prayers. I am only speaking for me because I know there are a few people who will read this today, and they will want you to know their thoughts.