Christmas is almost here! I love this time of year. I love the cold weather and Christmas lights, scented candles, fireplaces, making Christmas cookies and watching Rudolph with friends! The Lord is good. He is so good. Christmas is such a time of giving and a time of LOVE! Christmas is a reminder that God is with us and for us. This Christmas will be the first without my nephew. My nephew, Jamie, was killed in a car accident in July of this year at only 13 years old. It completely devestated my family but the Lord has been so faithful with his promises. His promises that He will never leave me and that He is with me and that He will provide grace and mercy as I ask. God has shown me what it means to trust Him. He has given my family peace in the midst of this terrible storm and the peace comes with the truth that God is love. God shields us from so many terrible things, but when he sometimes chooses not to, He unfailingly allots grace in the measure that it is needed. Deut 33:27 "The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms." I know what this means now. I know what it means to seek refuge in Gods arms and I also know how it feels when He wraps His arms around me and comforts me. In times of despair and pain, the Lord will quiet you with His love. Immanuel, God with us, and He really is!
"I take, O cross, Thy shadow for my abiding place. I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of His face, content to let the world go by, to know no gain or loss, my glory all the cross." Elizabeth Clephane