The gorgeous Christmas Market near our home last year - Braunschweig, Germany

The gorgeous Christmas Market near our home last year – Braunschweig, Germany

Merry, Merry, beautiful people!  One final day left!

As one of the most widely celebrated holidays across the world, Christmas has its own interesting way of stirring up a “yin and yang” of feelings…

  • With reasons to celebrate and reasons to mourn,
  • With joyful reflection and painful memories of the past;
  • The ability to draw close and the ability to separate…

…The season brings a melting pot of emotions.

I’m torn myself between the joys of seeing loved ones and creating new memories, and the sorrows of grieving relatives with declining health and those that have left us.

This interesting contrast seems to especially emerge during this time of the year, as traditions of family celebrations and the end of the year (not world, though!) oblige many of us to reflect.

To reflect, that is, on the fact you are HERE and alive, and hopefully, to reflect on the true reason for the season…


Christ. The amazing guy who came in flesh via our Father (God) to show humans love, the example of a sinless life, and redeem us from our sins.

Christ, or Jesus, gives us more than we could ever imagine: grace, forgiveness, hope, and eternal life in Heaven.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

And just like Christmas marks the advent of Christ, Christ marks the advent of new beginnings.

So, whether you’re in a good place or not, remember (and be thankful) that you have the opportunity to re-ground, repent, repair, and renew your life through Christ.

Embrace this time to refocus the calling on your life, and to celebrate and praise the one who is the reason for Christmas.

Here’s to Christ’s Birthday tomorrow, and His grace, peace, love, and blessings in your lives this New Year!