I want to say Really? the LAST chance?? the absolute LAST chance. to accumulate STUFF. to buy THINGS for others they may not need or want. to SPEND more money than I have. i heard there was lots of money spent on Black Friday. so much so, that there was a fight in our local mall over STUFF. in a men’s department. REALLY???
we are doing a series in Sunday school on the birth of Jesus. can you imagine having nothing? leaving home and parents and comfort to ride a donkey 9 months pregnant because you know it isn’t about the STUFF. it is about the heart of faith a very young woman had. and then you deliver your first child in a barn, an animal filled sweaty straw manure smelling no privacy barn. there were no nice THINGS. no money SPENT to shower the newborn with gifts. but a sweet smelling soft skin Son. the Son. and it isn’t about CHANCE, but about repeated opportunities of blessing and mercy and grace given over and over and over and over.
Thanksgiving. the bane of family get-togethers. especially ours. I pray the whole time I am there – to let me be like Jesus, to not be a wise cracking smart mouth. to see the image of God in each human present. I need a LOT of help in this area. so i am thankful. especially for my family – my husband, my three children, my garden, my home, my faith that God has lit in me.