It came as a surprise to me when I heard the OAP say its six days to Christmas.
I didn’t even know we are that close to the end of the year. I must confess that this is the first time ever that I am totally oblivious of Christmas.
Could it be that I have outgrown festivities? Or the fact that I have been on my period for over 10 days? Or the downsizing going on at my office? Or my thirst for a better life?
This year really hasn’t been my best, though not my worst (last year was). I have faced a whole lot of disappointments and I’m still struggling to stand on my feet.
I recall when I lost a child some years ago, that felt like the worst year ever but ironically, that year ended up being one of the best years of my life.
So many times, we aren’t aware of the things people go through and we end up envying / judging them for things they seem to have / do.
To be honest, this year has not been all bad. I have so much to be thankful for. Life, health, family, friends, my readers, supporters, mentors and so on.
I have learnt that there is always something to be thankful for no matter what. There is always someone, somewhere out there who has it worse. Does this mean we celebrate those we seem better than? No. however, we acknowledge the fact that we will not receive more than we can handle and bad times won’t last forever.
So many things are going on in our world today. War, poverty, cancer, death and so on, are but a few of the ills happening around us. I cannot help myself, I feel weak at the thought, drained by my emotions, saddened by the headlines.
My hope surely is not on my efforts nor on any humanly based knowledge. My hope is built on Christ. The world needs Him, I need Him. I couldn’t have gotten through so much without Him.
Psalm 3 vs 2-6:
‘So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!” But you, O LORD, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy mountain. I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the LORD was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side’.
I am not afraid, neither should you.