Sunday, December 19, 2010
What a year.
So, here is your Christmas card.
If you are a diehard,
you can print us out and put us up on your wall
so you can prove to all incomers
that you really do have friends.
This year was the kind
that we didn't have a professional photo.
We also didn't want to spend for the
cost of printing and mailing.
To put it lightly,
our family has been tried tremendously.
To put it honestly,
we have walked through hell
and we are hoping that we are on our way back.
It was the kind of year that made me grateful
for a simple family snapshot.
Even if it was
as an afterthought,
and we ended up with a crappy backdrop,
and the sun was in our eyes.
we were on our way to church,
It's more than anyone can ask for.
I realized that I wanted a living record
of the end of this year,
as I looked at my daughters
and the love of my life.
We were all in the colors,
black, white, and red.
And I saw that as a great representation
of a very hard year.
We are all
still trying to do the right things.
And that pretty much sums it up.
God has held us together
in the palm of His hand.
And I am extremely
I look forward in faith.
Even if the sun has been blinding.
And what better Christmas message is there?
My daughters would not be any more beautiful
with a professional photo to prove it.
My marriage would not be as strong
without the trials and intense work.
My friends would not have reached out to us
in such love
without our pain.
Our gratitude for loving parents
would not be as deep
without the struggle.
And our testimony of a loving God
would not be as intimate.
I think we have every reason
Jesus Christ makes all things possible.
He is love and light.
He will blind you
if that is what it takes
to heal you,
to love you,
to know you.
And when you get through it,
you will be grateful for a sun so bright.
Even if it hurt temporarily.
Merry Christmas to you.
Especially if the sun is blinding your eyes.