Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas is here! Christmas is here! I love it for all the obvious reasons, but Christmas seems even more special this year...we are with family, my littlest angel is so happy, and my biggest angel kind of "gets" it this year. As I've mentioned earlier, we been forced to "slow down" in lots of ways and it's made us focus on all the important parts of Christmas without getting caught up in the business.

One of the things we have been focused on is trying to teach Garrett about the reason for season.:) It's hard to know what he understands because he's at the stage where he just repeats what he's been told. But, I think he's getting it...Garrett made the nativity angel say "hallelujah" and then he said "I love you Jesus". I am clinging to this moment in the midst of the terrible twos:)

The fact that God sent his son, purposely, to die for me hits even closer to home this year. It is incomprehensible to me. As someone who is facing the possible mortality of my own child and begging for her life, I can't understand offering my son to pay the debt of the human race. It is a love beyond reason..a love that gives us a hope and purpose.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that we may not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

Thank you for reading this...I take it to mean that you love us and intercede on our behalf. I am soaking up the love this Christmas-feeling loved well by my husband, our children, our family, and our friends....feeling loved perfectly by the best present ever given..this night...thousands of years ago. Merry, Merry Christmas!


Elizabeth Myatt said...

Tears...how I love you and continue to learn from you. Thanks for teaching not only your son, but also your friends the "reason for the season.". Wishing the Burches and the Steinsbergers a very Merry Christmas!

KM said...

Sweet, sweet post. Thanks for sharing!

The Leonards said...

What true and precious words. Our God is amazing...his love is truly too great to comprehend! Enjoy the rest of your days with your family. Can't wait to see you when you get home!

notes from em said...

such amazing words. thank you for teaching me still, and thank you for sharing. I am so thankful that you are having such sweet time with your family.
we miss you , and we love you

Myra Alston said...

Gina and Paul,

I wish you the merriest of Christmases and a truly blessed and Happy New Year! The ability to count blessings is an art. You are an inspiration.

Love always,


Amy said...

Well said.