Poinsettia...The Poinsettia's association with Christmas comes from Mexican legend. The story goes that a child, with no means for a grander gift, gathered humble weeds from the side of the road to place at the church alter on Christmas Eve. When the boy delivered his gift, the congregation witnesses a Christmas miracle as the weeds turned into brilliant red and green flowers. While the focus of many at Christmas is on giving the perfect gift, the Poinsettia reminds us that it is not the grandeur of the gift that matters.
And on the 12th day of Christmas...
The Nativity. Amidst all the festivities, let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas. Here is a favorite quote: "Christmas is a time for remembering the Son of God and renewing our determination to take upon His name. It is a time to reassess our lives and examine our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Let this be a time of remembrance, of gratitude, and a time of forgiveness. Let it be a time to ponder the Atonement of Jesus Christ and its meaning for each of us personally. Let it especially be a time of renewal and recommitment to live by the word of God and to obey His commandments. By doing this, we honor Him far more than we ever could with lights, gifts, or parties." -Dieter F. Uchtdorf.
So, who would have thought that one day in October, when I went out of my comfort zone & actually spoke to someone at the park, that I would meet a fantastic friend?! That day, October 8th, the Lord brought into my life a precious family. The Meads family just made our first Christmas here in Texas very memorable. These 12 days have been amazing. I have been so blessed by the generosity, creativity & love that has been shown to me & my family. I can only pray that our friendship will continue to grow & blossom. God truly knew what He was doing that day at the park. Thank you again for everything!
For those of you who were enjoying this journey with me, know that it was wonderful on all accounts. To receive the gifts each night & to know that people were also being blessed by reading. I intend to someday pay it forward & I hope that each of you will consider that too.
Well, Christmas Eve has been wonderful. We visited friends today & had family & friends visit us today. Lunch was amazing with our Ham, potatoes, homemade noodles, green beans & of course, cookies. We had a great time. Nothing too over-rated, just right! Eli opened his gifts from Nanny & Poppy tonight & what a great time he has had! Then, church service this evening was fabulous! Pastor Phillip brought an incredible message on the story of Want. We want so much, but God already gave us our need, Jesus. Happy Birthday Jesus! We are so glad we can celebrate you!!!
Merry Christmas to all. I pray that you enjoy everything you are blessed with, but most importantly, I trust you will enjoy the moments you share with those you love & who love you!