It is that time of year again, as Christmas begins to approach us, I start to think about all that has gone on in the past few years. For some people Christmas is a joyous ,happy time , for others a time of sorrow, or grief, some people are alone and suffer such depression and sadness.
I have to say that Christmas is my favorite time of year because I love the time spent with family and friends. But Christmas also is bitter-sweet to me and my family because we have suffered so much loss. I cherish all my most precious memories growing up, and the family traditions I carry on. But with each loved one that has passed , it brings so much sadness. It will be two years since we lost my husbands parents(they were parents to me ) 3 days apart of each other .
The last Christmas we had when we discovered dad was sick at our Christmas table, never to come home from hospital again. Then mom followed him 3 days later.
I think of my father who raised me and how much I miss him playing guitar and singing for me. Oh how I miss them all .As well as other loved ones like my grandfather. We had the best Christmas’s growing up, so many cherished family memories . I am grateful for the time I had with them while they were here and for all the memories I hold dear in my heart.
I am so thankful to have my family, my husband and children and grand children, my mom and father(I had two dad’s). I am thankful for my siblings, other family members and close friends. But most of all God without Him I don’t know where I would be.
Last Christmas I found out I had cancer, stage 3c Melanoma. It had gone from a mole on my back to a lymph node under my arm and I had two cancer surgeries in 2 weeks time. I am so glad to be here another day alive and well and that I can help others. I have so much to be grateful for. I can’t say that it has been easy for me or my family, but I can say that God has been good to us and He has kept us even through the hard times.
So for this Christmas my wish is to have my family around me , listening to Christmas music, enjoying each others company and having a beautiful dinner together. My family is the best Christmas gift I could ever wish for and they mean everything in this world to me.
I would like to get out to a nursing home with my family and bring some hand-made crafts or baked goods to a lonely elderly person who doesn’t have family and reach out to someone hurting. My Christmas will mean so much more to me if I can encourage someone and share love with them.
I don’t ever want to forget what God has done for me, and that I am here . I want to live everyday of my life as if its my last ,and cherish each blessing. I want to be sensitive to other’s around me that are down .I pray you all have a Blessed Christmas and New year and that you are surrounded by the people you love most.
So I say to you this Christmas Season and every day , reach out to the lonely and hurting , this is a sad time of year for many. Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today. Don’t go to bed angry at the ones you love. Take the time for family cherish each moment tell them you love them always.