You know, I can sit here and boo-hoo all I want about how the Christmas Spirit has eluded me this year, or, I could buck up....get a back bone and decide NOT to allow the enemy to ruin my joy. So what if I only go through the motions....all the motions of preparation for Christmas are good, they are needed and they are necessary. They are part of who I am, part of my heritage, part of my faith. Traditions help to make us who we are. Whether or not I "feel" anything, I still need to carry on my traditions for my family. These are the things they will remember about Christmas and hopefully pass on to their own families.
A priest once told me that if I have been hurt by someone, I need to FORGIVE them. He said that it doesn't really matter if I want to forgive them or if I "feel" like I've forgiven them. I still need to SAY it and DO it! The emotions...or feelings, will come later. So what I'm hoping is that by saying....doing and going through the motions, the feelings of the Christmas Spirit will come later.
Earlier today, I was also thinking about the Duggars and how they just lost their 20th baby. I may have lost (or never cultivated) the festive attitude of the season that I'm used to, but compared to what they have lost....well, let's just say I feel a little ashamed.
The Duggars have truly been a beacon of light in this ever darkening culture. Having experienced miscarriages myself, I know the grief....the sadness that they feel. Even still, they continue to encourage others and share of themselves openly an honestly.
Jim Bob and Michelle have published a tribute to their daughter, Jubilee Shalom Duggar. I share it here to remind us all how precious life is....how even the smallest of souls matter to God....how what seems impossible to overcome.....can be with joy!
Yes, this is actually Michelle holding her baby's hand.
Jubilee Shalom Duggar from John Andersen on Vimeo.