Monday, December 25, 2006

May the Blessings of Christmas Be with You

Christmas Day. For me, it is a time of reflecting, a time of remembrance, a time of sorrow, and a time of joy. It really is about the Blessings. The first gift of Christmas was the Blessing of Love. Should we be wise enough to see them, large and small, the blessings that we receive throughout our lives are ones that we grasp and hold onto - the people we have loved, the people we have lost, the joys we have shared, the trials we have endured, the guidance we have received, the kindnesses received and given, are all about love.

Christmas comes twice in our home. The first Christmas is marked by the early December mailing deadlines that we have for packages and cards for our friends who are deployed. We shop, we wrap, we pack, we write. We fill out customs forms. We look for just the right thing to brighten the day of our friends. We send them off with love.

The second Christmas comes today. We prepare for it much the same way. We shop, we wrap, often we pack, we write. We look for just the right thing to brighten the day of our family and friends. We send them off with love.

Today, we will sit around the tree and open the gifts that have been given to us. But, what is in the package does not mean as much as the fact that someone shopped, wrapped, packed and sent off with love a gift for us. Or, that someone took time to write us a card. Under the tree is a box from Kansas. I don't know what is in it, but I do know who it is from. A young soldier we supported last year. I don't care what is in the box. What matters is that he sent us his love. It's arrival was a huge surprise. The box could be empty and it would mean just as much. Christmas Eve morning - early, very early, it was still dark - the phone rang, and another young soldier was calling to say, "I'm back from Iraq!" These gifts are the ones that we cherish most - the acknowledgement that we have made a positive influence on someone else - it doesn't get much better than that! We receive them with love.

Throughout the days of Christmas, we have been blessed to receive so many kindnesses. We have been given the gifts of confidences - sharing joys and sorrows, requests for prayers, prayers offered to us, friendships - old ones celebrated and new ones made.

In my life, I have learned a great many things. But, the most important thing I have learned is the joy of giving and graciousness of receiving. If these things are done with love, it doesn't matter what is in the box, because the blessing is the gift of love.

We have been blessed, truly blessed. As God blessed us with his Son, He blesses us still with the love that He encourages us to give and receive. Our wish for you ~ May the Blessings of Christmas be with You!!!

7 comments:

gawfer said...

Thank you for that wonderful post!

Indeed, you have touched so many, including me.

Enjoy this day of celebrating God's love for us by sending his Son to save us.

Merry Christmas!!!

chrys said...

It's Christmas over here! May your "Blessed Christmas" be wondrous Flag Gazer!

De'on Miller said...

This is so beautiful. I'm so glad you have these experiences with the soldiers to share with us. There's not much that means more than hearing from one of them.

And thank you for your Christmas message of love, the love story of the One Who would suffer and die for us so that He could have a relationship with us. Forever. That 7 letter word. It's perfect.

God bless you Flag Gazer and your wonderful family for sharing your love with us at Gunz Up. You and your comments, and most certainly this site mean a great deal to us.

And Gawfer, I see your name around a lot. Are we neighbors? lol. Seriously Gawfer, I always enjoy reading your comments and I think your site is great. Thank you for your service and support to our great nation.

God bless America and thank you Lord Jesus for another Christmas as free people.

My love and gratitude are but small tokens to so many courageous and honorable service members, veterans and families. I love them all and am so thankful for the sacrifices that are a part of their normal day.

Flag Gazer said...

Thank you, my friends....
May everyday be Christmas in your lives.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

That was a very warm, and heartfelt post!

I don't know what is in it, but I do know who it is from. A young soldier we supported last year. I don't care what is in the box. What matters is that he sent us his love. It's arrival was a huge surprise. The box could be empty and it would mean just as much.

ok, that was beautiful...but now I'm dying to know: what did he send you?!

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Oh, and Merry belated-Christmas!

Hope you're not running around in the malls.

Flag Gazer said...

Ha - no malls for me!!! That's insanity. I will post about my gift!