Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve Reflections

I've treasured these eyes, waiting with anticipation.
I remember as a small child how I could not wait,
till Christmas Eve.
We'd dash to church and come home and open gifts.
Not once did I stop to recognize all the efforts,
my parents contributed to make this day so special.

Fifty years later,
with the same anticipation,
we've completed the tasks,
of wrapping, baking, and preparing.
Each gift is wrapped with a special prayer.

And with the same anticipation in those eyes,
I sit and wait...not really,
but in a few hours,
I too will anticipate the joy in their eyes,
as they open their gifts.

Over the past years,
I have come to value relationships more and more.
Whether it's our parents or those wee little grandchildren,
everyone becomes a special part of our lives.
And what makes me reflect the most is
how Jesus himself, came down as a small babe,
dressed in swaddling clothes,
lying in a manger.

This was no New York Time Square Extravaganza!

There were shepherds, angels, and wise men.
It even records that their were animals.
He came in a very lowly style.

He came to give life, so that ALL men could have
a relationship with Him.

What better way to enter the Christmas Season,
than to restore relationships with those we love,
and to honor Jesus Christ,
who yearns to have a relationship with us.

To all my friends out there,
from our House to Yours:
We're wishing you a Christ filled Christmas,
a heart of cheer,
a spirit of hope,
a life of love for every day in all the year.


15 comments:

  1. Beautiful reflection and a lovely family. Have a wonderful Christmas!
    JoAnn

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  2. Merry Christmas, Marg and family! What a lovely family portrait :-)

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  3. Amen amen to your thoughts! Love that photo of all of you! May joy overflow in all your celebrations!!

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  4. Marg, wishing you and yours all a Christmas season filled with hope, peace, joy, and love. Dairymary

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  5. This is Christmas...and may it be a wonderful one at your home!

    I see you went to great lengths to get that perfect family photo. Love it!

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  6. Marg, you do it all with such gusto! May God continue to bless you and yours in this season.

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  7. Merry Christmas to you and your entire family my friend :)

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  8. Marg...you guys do have a spark in your family! I'm sure your home has much laughter when you are all together. Thank you for reminding us that relationships on every level are to be valued and fostered. Merry Christmas. Kathy (MGCC)

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  9. Crazy family portrait - gotta love it! Well done! I love your sense of fun and humour and your family's attitude toward life! Well balanced.

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  10. Happy Christmas! Love your portrait of your beautiful happy family!

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  11. Dear Marg,

    A very blessed Christmas to you and yours.

    with love
    Kathie

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  12. Oh Marg. .I love the picture . .what a great looking family you have. Thank you for posting it.
    Merry Christmas to you dear friend. I hope you are having the best time with your family. Blessings on you as you celebrate the birth of the Christ Child.

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  13. That is one of the best family photos that I've seen in a long time :-)

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas celebration and that 2010 will bring all good things!

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  14. Martz, you're one of the Mennonite Girls? I check out the site every once in awhile when I need new ideas and I recognized you in the group picture! Crazy. I'll have to tell my mom! Just yesterday I did something and she said, "Julia, your mannerisms remind me so much of Martz sometimes!" Merry Christmas!

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  15. I like the hats!

    Hope you had a great Christmas. You're family picture is wonderful.

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