I love Christmas! I love celebrating the birth of my Lord and Savior and I love everything that goes with it. It is a hectic time of the year, but full of family traditions and time with family and friends. After it is over, there is a little bit of a let down. As I look around my house this morning at all of the decorations I need to take down and put away, I am feeling a little of the after Christmas let down. The gifts have all been opened, Christmas baking finished, wonderful Christmas Eve service over and there seems to be a lull in the calendar.
It seems like the time between Christmas and New Year’s seems to fly by each year. I always remember Christmas and New Year’s Eve, but not much in between. This year I want to make good use of these few days. I am blessed to have my daughter home from college, my high school senior is off of school and my husband off of work so we will be able to spend lots family time together.
It is a wonderful time to look back over the past year and spend some time recognizing all God has done for us. Some of those things have been wonderful blessings and others have been challenging times.
Our lives are busy and we go from one event to the next, from one day to the next with barely any thought to what has happened. We get so focused on what is happening tomorrow that we have trouble appreciating what is happening in the moment, let alone taking stock in the blessings over the past year.
Growing in our faith is one of the things I pray for each year for each member of my family. Spending some time looking back over the past year and seeing how God was with us in the good times and the bad ones is one way to reaffirm our faith in our Lord and to give Him praise for all He has done.
I want to challenge all of my readers to find some way to look back over the past year and see where God was active in your life. Right off the bat, a few things come to my mind. My daughters have had great first semesters of school, I was blessed to speak to women in India and Singapore, had my first book published and my husband and I are part of a new church plant. On the more challenging side, we lost a dear friend to ALS, we survived the college application process for my older daughter, my father had complications from eye surgery and we left our church of 13 years. In all of those challenging times, I can look back and see where God was working and remember feeling His presence and His peace. What about you? How has God blessed you and comforted you in 2012?