Last year my father became ill the day I was taking down the Christmas tree and as a result it did not come down until the 2nd week of February. This year I began taking down and putting away decorations 01/07 (I leave them up through Epiphany.) and decided to finish 01/08...well, I rushed dad to the ER 01/08 and did not finish the job.
My cousin Paul arrived Friday night and said I know, you left it up all year and we laughed. It was up last January when he was here, it was down when he visited in October...but he conveniently forgot about that. Saturday night a childhood friend arrived, she was thrilled to see the tree up and decorated. The last 2 years, her parents have been ill during the holidays and she was not home to decorate. She asked if we could turn on the tree lights, I said sure. Funny how something so simple really blessed her. It was nice to bless her as she was here to bless me.
Through my sorrow and tears, I still want to be a blessing. I want to be the hands and feet of Christ as I go about daily life. I await the day I will see my earthly father again, I am secure in the knowledge my Redeemer lives, our Prince will come. Revelation tells us:
Look, he is coming with the clouds,and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him...
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.
He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
Sisters, He has a name we do not know, it cannot be profaned here on earth...He makes us new, He is coming again...our futures are secure. Worship Him today!