Skip to main content

Ten Things of Thankful: Pre-Christmas Musings

The darkness of the night slowly gives way to the light of day. Besides  the ticking of the clock, all is quiet. Multiple cars, with out-of-state license plates, fill the driveway--evidence that the home's usually-empty bedrooms are now occupied. Today's forecast calls for lots of laughter, good conversation, and shared activities. The anticipation does not demand a hurried approach to the day, however, and a peaceful mood envelopes the house. 

In this calm moment, I reflect on the past week. The nearing of the closure of 2017 prompts my mind to go back further--to reflect not only on the week, but on the year, then back yet further to when the visiting adults were children, then back to when I was a child. More than a half-century's worth of Christmases mesh together. The details take back-stage to the warm feelings of contentment and joy. 

Of course, some years were more challenging than others. No one is immune to illness, grief, tragedy, or pain. Everyone will probably experience "survival mode" at least once--a period of time where just making it through the day is the accomplishment.

While I don't know everyone's pain, I know mine. While I can't imagine everyone's struggles, I know mine. While I can't fathom everyone's grief, I know mine. I know that pain, struggles, and grief can be overwhelming in the moment, but I also know that they don't have to be eternally all-consuming.

I don't have all the answers for everyone, but I know what works for me: faith. Faith that the birth of a little baby many years ago gave hope to the world. Faith that He lived a perfect life as an example to us. Faith that happiness comes not through the absence of trials, but in clinging to the hope that eventually good will come out of our experiences. Faith that joy, peace, and love are available even during challenging times. Faith that He can strengthen me. 

All of the things I am thankful for are possible because Jesus Christ was born, fulfilled His purpose here on earth, and had perfect love.  

I am thankful. 

Merry Christmas!


Pin It

Comments

  1. A beautifully written post! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

      Delete
  2. Such a lovely post. So important not to allow sadness define us so that we can enjoy the present. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hope your Christmas was wonderful. Happy New Year!

      Delete
  3. Best of all to you and John and the family on these holidays and the coming New Year

    ReplyDelete
  4. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Looking forward to blogging with you in 2018.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm hoping to give blogging a bit more attention next year.

      Delete
  5. This hits so close to home for me, Kristi. This..."pain, struggles, and grief can be overwhelming in the moment, but I also know that they don't have to be eternally all-consuming." Yeah. Definitely overwhelming in the moment and so hard to find that hope that it won't be eternal and all-consuming. Faith is a tough one some days. Thanks for your post - I am glad I saw your words. Merry Christmas to you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, Lisa, I hope that you are feeling hopeful soon. Life can be tough, and I think it's harder during the holidays--when the Norman Rockwell ideal stands in such contrast to the reality of what actually happens. Feel free to private message me if you'd like to chat.

      Delete
  6. Beautiful post. Sorry I am so late, I hope you had a blessed Christmas.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No need to apologize. :-) I did have a nice Christmas, and hope you did, too.

      Delete

Post a Comment

Conversations are so much nicer when more than one person does the talking. :-) Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts; I'd love to hear from you!

Popular posts from this blog

Ten Things of Thankful: Post-Thanksgiving Edition

Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. I'll jump right in:

1. I'm thankful for cooperative return policies. Several weeks ago, I mentioned that I had to return a range that I had purchased, and I hoped that the particular range was just a lemon and that the replacement wouldn't have the same problem. Well, unfortunately, it did. On the bright side, the store quickly picked up the second range and refunded my money. I'm putting appliance purchases on the back burner (!) for the moment. 

2. I'm thankful for temples. I went one morning this week to the temple. I'm always amazed at how much insight comes in just an hour or two of reflection. 

3. I'm thankful for my sister. She and her family came to Utah to spend Thanksgiving with her in-laws, and I got a chance to see her and her family on Wednesday. The last time I saw her was in January at our grandma's 100th birthday celebration. We feel lucky to have two visits in one year! 

4. I'm thankful for my brother. …

Never Give Up Hope

Twenty-three years ago, a beautiful little girl was born. From the get-go, she was sweet, sensitive, and rather shy. She has grown into a young woman of whom I am so proud. She has worked hard to overcome challenges, and recently told me she is trying to face her fears, and asked me if I would write her story and share it here on the blog, in hopes she can inspire others through their own struggles. Although I offered to publish an auto-biographical piece for her, she wanted me to write her story from my perspective. At her request, and with her approval of this post, I share the following:
The phone rang, and the social worker on the other end informed me that a baby girl had been born 10 weeks early and drug-exposed. She wasn't ready to be released from the medical facility where she was currently staying, but would we be interested in being her foster-to-adopt parents? Of course! When John and I filled out our paperwork, we indicated that we were comfortable with a premature bab…

Ten Things of Thankful: It's Only January, but I'm Taking a Break

A new year often brings re-commitment, re-direction, and renewal of enthusiasm. A blank calendar shows possibilities: routines to be developed, and breaks to schedule in. While I know it's only January--the traditional "routines to be developed" phase--I'm shaking things up and starting with a break. I will be away from my blog and generally off-line for the next few weeks, but never fear, the Ten Things of Thankful link-up will go on. I will respond to comments and read linked posts when I return from my break. 

This week, I'm thankful for:

1. Book club. When I was a child, I had no problem at all living with my nose constantly stuck in a book. As an adult, I am trying to remember that it is OK to spend hours reading. Book club is a step in the right direction. I "have to" read, but I'm having fun, and have given myself permission to read other books, too. 

2. Thrift stores. I wanted an actual, physical copy of The Help (the book club selection for Fe…