What am I the most thankful for? It isn't the gift card, new watch, or even the amazing new camera lenses received. It wasn't the prayers and time spent crocheting for those close to me, or the Christmas caroling. The greatest, most important, and precious gift given and received is the gift of time spent with the people I care for the most.
Some I physically spent time with. Others sent love in an envelope , in the form of a card. Others were in the format of a text, email, Facebook message or post. This year, a loved one was in the hospital for a little over a week, leading up to Christmas. My prayer was for her to heal and to be home for Christmas. This was an answered prayer and the best gift for Christmas.
You may have received pink rabbit footed pajamas like Ralphie in A Christmas Story, but it's the love his Aunt Clara spent making him the jammies that should be the focus. I laugh as soon as his mother starts bribing him to descend to the living room but when I think about it, I've worn an ugly sweater and probably have friends and family who've worn an ugly scarf or other item I made BUT just like Aunt Clara, each was made with love and a lot of prayer. When I crochet and make something for someone, I say a prayer for them as I crochet, sometimes one per row. Just a small way I can invest in the lives of those I love.
As you admire your tree today and think about yesterday's memories, remember to thank God for all the people in your life who make each day, especially Christmas, so special and meaningful to you. While I ponder this thought and attempt to motivate myself to exercise today, I'll also be taking pictures and playing with the new lenses. I'm thankful for time with family and for jammy day to recoup and reflect. A healthy balance is essential.
What is your favorite Christmas gift, memory, or event for this year? Why is it so special?
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323