I remember the day so clearly, and it wasn’t one of those warm, fuzzy, happy-memory kind of days.
Christmas Eve, 2005. A Saturday.
And we were on the opposite side of the world from our family and friends.
Life and a two-year commitment in Indonesia…but, really, it was all God…had taken us, geographically, about as far from “home” as we could get.
To say that I was in a bad mood that day may be an understatement…and it’s pretty accurate to say that my husband was there, too.
All day long we spatted back and forth. With last-minute shopping and gift wrapping, Christmas music and cookie baking, giving a gift to our house helper, and anticipating the Christmas Eve service filling those hours, it should have been a day full of the joy of the season.
Instead, it was a day of spouting frustrations and complaining.
It seemed, that day, there was a continual focus on all we were missing…from family get-togethers and friends and our church in Minnesota, to really good eggnog, hot chocolate, and snow.
And maybe that makes sense somewhat…it doesn’t mean it’s right, but it makes sense. The holidays can be hard.
They’re hard for missionaries and people who are away from loved ones. They are painful for those who have experienced loss and have empty hearts. They can be lonely and full of reminders of what was.
Probably each of us could place ourselves in one of those categories if we want to.
Sadly, I don’t think it crossed our minds that day to give thanks for the many blessings that surrounded us…
Friends, today I’m thrilled to be guest posting at my sweet friend, Kim’s space, Winsome Woman. I’ve known Kim through the God Sized Dream Team over the last year, and God even worked things out for us to be Allume roommates for one night. As a bonus, we even got to have coffee at my favorite ever (so far!) coffee shop the next morning. She is sweet, kind, and gracious, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to share on her blog today!