When I laid down to sleep tonight, I realized this Christmas has been the most peaceful season of my life! I shared this revelation with my husband and then closed my eyes. Thoughts and memories filtered quickly through my brain and this creative flow stirred me to get out of bed and write them down. I have remained so calm throughout these final days before Christmas silently observing all of the hustle and bustle around me. I’ve no desire to rush out and shop for presents or address Christmas cards as I typically do. As I recall this past year, I have an overwhelming sense of peace about where I am in life and the world around me.
I cannot believe it’s been eight years since the passing of my mom and dad. I feel the spirit of my mom with me even more this Christmas; as I wrap myself in the quilt she knitted just for me or hang the ornaments from my childhood on the tree. My mother’s sister (Aunt Margie) called me earlier this evening to chat and wish me a “Merry Christmas”. This warmed my heart as we reminisced and shared stories about my beautiful momma. In the past few years, I have made an effort to reacquaint myself with long lost cousins and family members to bring restoration. God has also filled my life with a husband who loves me unconditionally and incredible friends who provide a sense of security in this crazy world. Their love and acceptance fill that empty place in my heart until that glorious day when I reunite with my loved ones in heaven.
I am so thankful to Jesus and celebrate his birth this season. Peace on earth to you all!