After Christmas… a love letter from the Father
Dear precious daughter –
Gifts have been unwrapped & meals shared. Christmas cards sent and received.
Miles have been driven, toys assembled, and leftovers boxed up.
In the quietness of ‘after’ Christmas, come and sit with me, won’t you?
I know it has been a busy time- do you know I’ve been right there beside you all the way?
I saw you there, standing in the middle of Wal-mart, surrounded by shoppers heading home with their treasures ; feeling like you couldn’t breathe because of the ache in your heart.
I felt you blinking back tears as you encountered one more couple in the aisles bantering playfully over what to buy their little ones.
I saw you struggle with a photo for your Christmas card. How could you possibly take a ‘family’ picture when your family feels incomplete?
I was there in the car when ‘I’ll be Home for Christmas’ came on for the hundredth time. Sigh.
I saw you at the holiday party, standing with a cluster of couples and laughing along with their stories; and aching to look across the room and meet his eye one more time.
I was there in church when they played ‘O Holy Night’ and know that you are part of the ‘weary world’ that rejoices in anticipation of My coming.
I cheered for you as you chose the high road with well-meaning relatives whose unthinking comments seared your very soul.
I was there when you stayed up late wrapping gifts alone and wondered if you had done ‘enough’.
I treasure your tears…
I understand the ache of loss. I have been there.
I love you. I love you. I LOVE YOU.
I am so proud of you.
The path I have called you to walk is not an easy one, certainly not a pleasant one, but we are walking together you and I.
Know that in every facet of your life I am carving out something beautiful. And that just as a diamond reflects light after the skilled hand of the master shapes it just so, I am reflected through you.
“…you shine like stars in the universe as you hold the word of life to the world…boasting only in Him” Phil. 2:14b
Stay close as we walk together into this New Year. I have such plans for you!
Shine on, beautiful one ….Your heavenly Father