It has been way too long since my last blog post. I apologize. I am not sure where time goes. Some times I think there has been a time warp and I’ve been left in a place to muddle through paper work and chaos alone. Of course the Christmas season brings additional hustle and bustle, and as a photographer, many portrait sittings and Christmas card orders – all of which I enjoyed and am very thankful for!
As I was working to catch up and accomplish everything on my ever lengthening “to do” list earlier in the week I received an email from a daily devotional I subscribe to. The Bible passage read:
“I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?” Romans 7:24. I’m guessing the majority of my readers have felt this way a time or two. Am I right?
Of course this passage was written many, many years ago by Paul when he was trying to convince people to follow Jesus Christ. I cannot imagine the challenges he faced and the desperation he felt. I know that every day life sometimes gets the best of me; kids who don’t listen, broken glass, spilt milk, more importantly the death of a friend or loved one, a call about another person suffering from cancer or another terrifying disease, the list goes on and on. When I read this passage I thought to myself, “how appropriate that at Christmas time this message would come as a reminder to slow down and realize who is there to help me, to be with me, to see me through.” It reminded me of why I say Merry Christmas, and why I won’t take the short cut to write X-Mas and leave Christ out of the holiday season.
As I know not all of my readers are Christian, and several are Jewish, I must not send well wishes only to those who celebrate the miracle of Christmas joy, but also wish you a happy Hanukkah. Hanukkah too is the celebration of a gift from God – enough oil to keep the lamp lit for 8 days. Who cannot find joy in miracles, no matter the orientation of faith?
So, with that, I leave you with the blessing of light, which led the shepherds to Jesus’ cradle, and long before was a miracle of celebration. I wish you all a joyous holiday season and pray for health, happiness, peace and love for all.