Remembrance of Joyful Times
My mother’s favorite Holiday was Christmas. She loved everything about Christmas: the shopping, she was a shopper all year anyway, shop till you drop kind of gal, the decorating, her entire front yard as well as every room in her house, the baking and cooking, and buying everyone a Christmas gift. The Christmas gifts were purchased the day after Christmas for the next Christmas.
Christmas made my mother come alive. She beamed with joy and the love of Christ was as bright as that of the angel of the Lord appearing to the shepherds announcing the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Luke 2:2-20
It took many Christmas’ after Mother left her temporary home here on earth on Christmas Day at 7:35 am 2003 for me to want to celebrate Christmas, and since January 2013, Bobby and I have not had the joy for celebrating because of the winds of adversity that has blown our family off God’s path for their lives.
However, this year has a new spirit of Christmas for us. There is a hope and an expectation that I have not had since my mother left this temporary home for her eternal home.
I miss my mother but I no longer grieve, deep sorrow, for her. I am able to remember her joy for Christmas with an appreciation that was lost for many years now.
Even though, Bobby and I are still celebrating Christmas without our family, we know God is at work restoring and will give back double for what has been taken from us.
My mother overcame horrible circumstances from her childhood and many years of abuse during childhood as well as an adult. She buried her joy for Christmas for many years, but once God freed her from her past, she never lost that joy. I believe with all my heart that God granted a secret, a secret that only God and my mother knew, when she died Christmas morning 2003.
Isaiah 55:10-11 – As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Christmas is a time we celebrate the birth of our Savior. Christmas is also a time of great joyful remembrance and a time of joyful new beginnings.
Luke 1:37 – For nothing is impossible with God.