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30 November 2000 @ 09:12 am
Christmas spirit?  
Several friends have implied that my white beard makes me look like Santa. And they haven't seen my belly, which would tend to add to that impression 8-))).

But seriously, Christmas is fast upon us and this makes me long for the days when our children were younger. We never did try to teach our children that the presents came from Santa, as we felt that all gifts come from God, and the glory and thanks should go to him. In any case, the time around the Christmas tree on Christmas morning was sweet, as the children would unwrap a present and their eyes would light up when they found that toy they were wanting for so long.

It wasn't long before the children grew up. Each year, it was harder and harder to meet their expectations. Now, the children are grown and they buy whatever they want for themselves. We still exchange presents, but it's just not quite the same.

I wonder if Father God feels the same way about us. I remember how I was as a new Christian, all excited about the gifts that my Father God had given me. I don't know about anyone else, but I don't sense that same attitude in myself these days. And isn't that what Christmas is all about? God gave us all the ultimate gift of His Son. Somehow, I think He probably misses our gratitude, as we get caught up in the commercial "spirit" of Christmas.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
nativeborn on November 30th, 2000 08:00 am (UTC)
you have a good heart
awesome post. You must make God very proud. God is in my thoughts all day long and without Him I could never ever get through life. When I was mourning the death of a child I was so grief stricken that God sent me a sign that the child didn't suffer and was with Him in paradise. I asked to see a beautiful bird fly over head (there hadn't been birds for days) and as soon as I finished my prayer a bird flew overhead slowly and disappearned into the sunset. It was amazing!!! And you do look like Santa. Kids must be drawn to you. :-)
Garygdj on November 30th, 2000 08:15 am (UTC)
Re: you have a good heart
Thank you for your kind words. I sure don't want to imply that I have it all together.

That must have been rough, loosing a child! I'm glad God gave you that sign to comfort you. No one can top the Father heart of God. But, unfortunately we are not always able to experience it fully because we get in the way.
*smooch*ldy on November 30th, 2000 10:05 am (UTC)
I agree; you do have a good heart
"Loosing a child"

It may have been a typo, but I'm quite taken with it.

For when loved ones leave this world, we did not "lose" them (makes them sound misplaced, somehow)... but rather, they have been let loose so that they might go further along the path. Or at least, so it seems to me.

I find that very comforting :)
nativeborn on November 30th, 2000 12:52 pm (UTC)
Re: I agree; you do have a good heart
what a beautiful thought!! Your statement said so much with so few words. Blessings, Donna
Garygdj on November 30th, 2000 01:55 pm (UTC)
Re: I agree; you do have a good heart
It was a bad spelling on my part. I am lost without my spell checker :).

But I love the slant that you took on it and I agree totally!