Thursday, December 17, 2009
in the craziness of the Holiday's it is so easy to lose focus. Just what is Christmas is all about? Not the gifts, or lights, or even family, but about a baby, a baby who came down to earth as nothing in the worlds eyes. Yet became everything to those who would only believe.
Today was my last day at the Swope's before I head home next week for Christmas. Aster (one year old) was not feeling well and wanted to be held, all day long. So I put her on my hip and began about my every-monday routine. But being the sweet, full of energy, always alert little girl that she is, she did not like that I was paying more attention to the dusting and moping than I was to her. So she began to fuss, she kicked a bit and finally began to yell. It was at this point that I abandoned my cleaning to take some time to sit and hold her. We sat on the couch and turned on some christmas music. And as we cuddled there listening to music about joy and Jesus something came to my attentions. You see I always think of Jesus being this grate man who saved the world from sin, and although that is true, I find that so often I forget about how he first came to earth. He was a baby. He cried, he had smelly diapers, he needed attention, and he wanted love. Everything just clicked with me right then and there as I snuggled with this small baby that I love so much. you see, I always knew the story of how Jesus came to earth as a baby, but it never really hit me the way it did today. He had a mother, a father, sisters, and brothers. And although I don't have any children, there are kids that I love dearly and can't imagine my life without. Sweet little Aster being one of them. The emotions of how his mother must of felt overwhelmed me. She built into his life, she loved him, she changed him, she abandoned all else for him. What have I done for him?
I believe that God sent his son to earth, as a baby, to show his gentle, meek, loving, spirit. What is less intimidating that a child? If you give a child a little attention and show them that you love them they will love you back forever. Just like Jesus. All he asks for is our attention and our love. How many times though do we abandon him for the business of life? The Laundry, Dusting, Moping, or vacuuming. How many times does he have to yell at us to get our attention. And how many times when he does do we think he is being unfair and not considering what we have to do. You see all he wants is us to take time from our busy schedules to be with him, to love him and be loved by him. This is a lesson that Aster helped me remember this Holiday season. Don't get so busy with life and things that we forget people and God.
At the end of our day as I fed her a bottle the song "Mary Did You Know?" came on and It helped to conclude my thoughts for the day. You see, Mary took time out of her life, a lot more than most people do, to just be with jesus and to love him. We should follow her example. So this Christmas remember just how much God loves us, he sent his Son, his ONLY son, into the world to give us Hope! It is my prayer that we all can remember to take time to praise the one who this season is all about. Not only God the great, all mighty, powerful, majestic savior, but Jesus, the meek, humble, sweet baby who one day would save us all.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Do you ever wonder how things would of been?
Do you ever regret anything you have done?
Life has this nasty little habit of bringing up Hurt and pain from the past to the future.
Some of this caused by those around us, some by chance, but most of it is
brought upon us by our own selfish nature.
No matter how far away we go or how many times we tell ourselves we are ok,
that things will get better our choices cling to us like our shadow wherever we go.
Contradictory to what most people things A "new start" is not simply getting up and moving half way across the country because it is not a physical change, it is a change of the heart.
And changing the heart is hard. It takes time and God. We can not do it alone and we cannot fid the answers to all of lives question without God and the ones he send to help us along the way.
So, what about those we take for granted?
The ones we loved the most. The ones we will never be able to get back..
I believe for those of us who have had a hard time truly loving someone, when we do, we love them forever, we will always have a place for them in our hearts, because they will be partial owner.
They hold a part that we will never get back, and shouldn't want to.
I mean, we gave them that part of our heart for a reason, right? Because they are trustworthy, compassionate, accepting, loving, caring, respectful, and above all worth of that love?
There are so many reasons that people slip away, and even more reasons that we push them away. No matter if it is fear, hurt, confusion, or plain selfishness, we learn from our mistakes. We learn that once we find someone so special, we hold on even harder. And though we may never be able to have that same relationship with that person as we did before, we have learned to hold fast to what we DO have. Life is too short, every day we must be a living testimony that Love truly is the greatest of all gifts, In the words of the Beatles, All You Need Is Love....I think they got that one dead on!
So no matter where you are, where we are in our relationship at this moment, know there is hope. And Love truly is all you need.