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It's December. In the USA, it's the darkest time of the year. Our days are much shorter now. It starts getting dark around 4pm. It can get kind of depressing. Sometimes the holidays themselves can be depressing, like when someone we loved is no longer with us. Or there's just not enough money to buy Christmas gifts. I know what it is to wish I could just skip Christmas. Of course there's always disagreements and disagreeable folks to deal with as well. We just aren't perfect. As much as we try, the holidays aren't perfect. Feelings aren't something we can control at times. It's so good to know Jesus is perfect. Even in the darkest times, He's with us. This verse promises that He will be the light of our lives.
One year I had just gotten my first apartment and was living alone. I felt lonely. So I decided I would put up a tree for myself. It turned out great, some people stopped by to admire it. But it was between me and the Lord mostly. I put up blue ornaments to symbolize His purity, red to symbolize His sacrifice, and purple to symbolize His royalty. I could feel His presence with me. This year I walked downstairs to find my cat staring out of the middle of the tree. He likes to climb. Oy! It's never perfect. Just need to find where the ornament hooks landed...
Personally I think a lot of the American traditions like Santa Claus and gift giving are fun. I even enjoy some of the old movies like, "It's a wonderful life." I've always loved watching parades. But the best part is remembering and celebrating Jesus' birth. I don't even want to imagine life without Him. He is my light.
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