Christmas Day 2019

Christmas has changed quite a bit for me since I was a child. Even though my parents did a lot to remind us what Christmas means to those of us in the Christian faith, it was genuinely mostly about presents. I see this same perspective in my boys. Despite our best efforts and discussions and books and going to church services, I still see their eyes gravitate towards the presents.

Oh to have a childlike view of the world again. When upsets and booboos can be cured with a hug and a kiss. When the worst thing is missing some time with electronics or having to take a nap. When the worries and concerns are confined to brotherly squabbles that are over when someone is tickled. When mom and dad can make all things right with the world.

Those were simpler times and there is literally no greater joy at Christmas time than to see the love and enthusiasm in my boys. For them, the moment is all there is. For them, life is meant to be embraced wholeheartedly and unreservedly. For them, life is simple.

I hope to reclaim some of that, to embrace the moment, to celebrate what my whole heart, and to bask in the love of our Savior and those who want to be with me on this special day.

I close with this Irish blessing …

“The light of the Christmas star to you,

The warmth of home and hearth to you,

The cheer and good will of friends to you,

The hope of a childlike heart to you,

The joy of a thousand angels to you,

The love of the Son,

And God’s peace to you.”


27 thoughts on “Christmas Day 2019

  1. May the Good Lord bless and restore your health this Christmas season,I am sorry I don’t want to use ‘Merry Christmas ‘ for you as you have been struggling to keep the pace of your life nevertheless prayers can work wonders so I still believe that the Lord has a great plan for you too.Take care.🌹🙏

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      1. Always be jolly and cheerful despite the trauma and that will heal you completely.Consider that the Lord has blessed you in a different way for his glory. Most welcome🌹👍


      2. We will have to agree to disagree about the possibility of any effect on my cancer if I’m jolly and cheerful. I do know that my mental health is better when I stay positive. Otherwise, it’s not an effective treatment. Merry Christmas!


  2. Ditto to you! We have an Irish blessing/poem by our door:

    May those who love us, love us, and those who don’t, may God turn their hearts, and if He doesn’t turn their hearts, may He turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping.

    Cracks me up every time. 😂

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