So long 2015!

It was Christmas Day yesterday… And if it weren’t for my dear family it might have passed over me with little impact…

On Christmas Eve morning, I was lying in bed trying to decide if i even wanted to face the day… and then from downstairs I heard a voice.  My son Deklan was singing “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” at the top of his lungs.

“Hail the Heav’n born Prince of Peace, Hail the Son of Righteousness.  Light and life to all He brings, Risen with Healing in His wings…”

 Such joy had filled his heart, and it reached my ears and I cried tears of gratitude for my son, whom God blessed us with 16 1/2 years ago.

Shortly after that, my 14 year old son Duncan burst into my room.  He was so excited to finally GIVE his gifts to the family that night at Grandma’s house. His generous heart is one of my favorite things about him, having so much enthusiasm in GIVING- even more than receiving his gifts from others.  He could hardly contain his excitement as each family member opened his gifts to them on Christmas Eve.  He read the story of Christ’s birth that night from Luke 2, and Deklan and I followed it up with several Christmas carols.

As the harmonies of guitar and voice rang through Grandma’s house, and Grandma sang along to O Holy Night, it struck me how blessed we were to have her with us this year. Once again, my heart was overwhelmed with gratitude, thankful that God brought her through such an ordeal this year, and that she could be home for Christmas, surrounded by her family.

And then there’s my husband… whose eyes twinkle with the joy of the Christmas spirit every year, and  this year was no exception. At one point this Christmas season, he held me by the light of the Christmas tree as we listened to one of our favorite Christmas CD’s. I treasure moments like this with him. God is healing our marriage, that for so many years had grown cold.  I love this man!!

So many reasons to be thankful after a year filled with loss and discouragement.  So many reasons to look forward to 2016!  So as I say so long to 2015, I am reminded of the many blessings with which God has surrounded me… and that the best is yet to come.  You can’t have one without the other.

Perhaps the deep sorrows of 2015 have made the joy of the blessings that much sweeter…so I thank God for both.

Thanks for your continued prayer and support! See you next year!