“Tiny Blue Bird”

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On May 29th of this year, the day that my dear Granny passed away, I started getting little signs from her. The first one came that night after she had died. They would come when I was missing her terribly and upset that she was no longer with us. Now some may think me crazy for believing such things but I have no doubt that they were real. I always felt a very special bond with my Granny. I practically grew up in her house and there was rarely a Sunday afternoon that wasn’t spent with her. So I didn’t expect her to just completely be gone out of my life.

As Christmas quickly approaches, I have found myself feeling quite emotional. Christmas Day will not be the same this year. For the first time in my life, there will be no Christmas dinner at my Granny’s house. As I pondered this again yesterday morning before church, I found myself speaking to Granny and telling her how much I missed her and missed the signs that she had be giving me. I hadn’t seen any in a while and was starting to miss them. So I told her how much I love the blue birds that I always see in winter and asked her to send me one, just to let me know that she would still be with us for Christmas. I went about my day and later in the afternoon, I had to run out to my car to grab something and as I opened the car door, something caught my eye. I looked through the window of my car and saw a tiny blue bird sitting on Callie’s rabbit cage. It sat there a moment, bobbing its head back and forth and then it was gone. I ran over toward where it flew away and I couldn’t help but smile. A big smile. Ear to ear. She heard me and she is still with us.

It may seem that heaven and earth span a great divide but they don’t. Love connects us no matter the distance. I truly believe this. God’s love for us allows us to love others in the same way. Love is given to us as a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is a gift to us from God, so how could the love we feel for our family just end when they pass away? It doesn’t, so neither does the connection. Our loved ones who have gone before us may not be here in the physical form but the love we felt for them and that they felt for us will eternally unite us to them and there is a great comfort in this.

No matter who you are missing this Christmas season, trust in knowing that your bond is still there and that they are with you in those exact moments when your heart is breaking from the pain of loss. They are with you when laugher turns to tears as memories are recalled. And they are with you when the old traditions come to pass and new ones are made.

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.” 1 John 4

 

“This Is Christmas”

Have we lost the reason that we celebrate each year? What is Christmas?

If there never was a savior wrapped in a manger….What is Christmas without Christ?

Remember how the story goes….God’s gift was wrapped in swaddling clothes. Beneath the star, one great and holy night…

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The shepherds heard the angels sing. The wise man brought an offering. Peace on Earth began in Bethlehem…

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What is Christmas? If the angels never sang…Glory to the new born king? What is Christmas without Christ?

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This is Christmas…It’s all about the savior wrapped in a manger.

This is Christmas….because of Jesus Christ.

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 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Lyrics from the beginning of this post are from the song “This Is Christmas” by Kutless. Listen….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20HoJZecNqM

Merry Christmas everyone!!