Even though my world may be plagued with problems or strife, even ones of my own making, I am beyond blessed. Not only because of the gifts I have received this year or even that I was able to even get out of bed this morning, but also because there were reminders everywhere of the goodness of Jesus today, and this year.

My Christmas started with reading a reminder from Jesus Calling about the glory of God and the wonder of my Savior’s birth. Then, after I ate my breakfast, I opened the gifts from my friends….but that was not the most important part. It was a note from one of my friends who told me in essence: You are loved. God  loves you more than you know. More than your doubts and fears. 

This showed in the thoughtfulness in each of their gifts and notes of appreciation. For example, one friend gave me a picture album of the good times I had with my friends with thoughtful scripture. Another gave me a scarf and hat that she knitted herself.

Then, because I was sick (having a cold), I slept again until about 9:30 am.

In the afternoon, my family and I ate lunch. Later that day, my dad came home from work and my parents and brother overwhelmed me with gifts and hugs. God through them also provided exactly what I needed and wanted. I hope my feeble gifts to them (and to my aforementioned friends were enough to thank them). Also, my brother, mom, and I played a game of Scrabble, which I lost—terribly, but that didn’t matter, because it was the time  with them (and the fact that the Bulls game we were watching ended successfully for our team!) and the reminder of the love and time given by them that mattered most.

As I am writing this, I am reminded by the people who didn’t receive anything—not even love or time with their loved ones this year. I am reminded by the people who are in pain or who have had to spend time without a loved one this year, and how difficult it must be for them right now.

For those of you, who are experiencing pain of any type or who have this year, this is what God is begging me to say to you (and to remind me as well):

You are loved. God loves you. More than your doubts and fears. To prove that, He came as a baby in a manger in a small town of Bethlehem, so we could have any blessings at all and to be with us in all our circumstances, especially in the pain and the hurt we feel sometimes. 

We are indeed blessed. Merry Christmas!


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