Observing a moment of silence as a nation as the bells toll 26 times in Newtown, CT marking a week since these innocent lives were taken. My heart hurts deeply for these families, there is nothing to say to ease their pain. There will be a different feeling in our home over Christmas break this year. A gentle, grateful spirit as we deal with the quarrels that will inevitably arise between brothers. Less irritation as I clean up the kitchen that seems to get more filthy every minute they are home...they never stop eating you know. The dirty clothes on the floor, the Legos strewn about their room, the globs of toothpaste left in the bathroom sink and the shoes left here, there and everywhere will only comfort me with the knowledge that they are here...home.
Their laughter, squeals, hugs and just their presence in our home is a blessing. It's the regular, everyday things I am grateful for...watching a movie together, sitting down to supper together, playing games...being intentional and in the moment in this sweet season with them. A bit more love, patience, forgiveness and gratitude is what is needed this year. Our Savior demonstrated that as he humbly came to live among us. He came not with all the pomp and circumstance worthy of such a King, but as a baby born in a Bethlehem stable. He came with love to serve and ultimately save us from our sins with His death and resurrection.
Merry Christmas from our family to yours, may Jesus be at the center of all we do this season.