Not so “merry” Christmas

I find myself doctoring the hubby, again!, this time for a bad cold he has borne for 2 weeks, and it has now spiraled into BAD, BAD!

So, reinforcements were called in, an antibiotic and cough meds. Though, the drive to CVS brought blaring thoughts that needed to be tackled~ thoughts of feeling sorry for myself ~here we go again ~me nursing a husband that would not listen and stay at home early on to nip it in the bud. And while voicing to the Lord that I was in the wrong for having such thoughts, I saw something that pierced my heart. On the opposite side of the road a sheriff car leading a procession up the street with the hearse following. The thought of someone having to go through that specially so close to Christmas resurrected feelings of Christmas 2020.

Let me tell you, when you ask the Lord to give you something, He will certainly give it to you! But beware! It WILL NOT come packaged like you imagine. In that short little drive to CVS, my Heavenly Father answered my plea for more of what Christmas actually means.  

This month in my post, The “Feel Good” Antidote!, John 3:16 is highlighted with the God Who gave. And then the Son likewise gave—giving everything, His own life (1 Corinthians 15:3). Yet, let’s not miss something else our Savior, King instituted just for us!!!

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Mark 10:45, ESV

Sadly, I need reminding way too often that my job as His follower is to give and serve without complaint (Philippians 2:14, NLT; 1 Corinthians 10:31).

When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.

John 13:12-15

Christmas 2020 was my sister-in-law’s last Christmas. In fact, she died a month later. My baby brother was called to give and serve through the care he provided for a wife suffering with cancer an extended period of 3 years. But that would not be the last time for him to be called to something so horrific. Just 7 months later, he began another journey of giving and serving. This journey passed Christmas 2021 with a son battling Leukemia and saying goodbye within 10 months.

Christmas may look different for each of us. But what we need to remember is what is most important: Giving and Serving – Imitating our Savior King! When our hearts are right with God, Christmas lives in them all year long! Merry, Merry Christmas! dear readers of the Scarlett Road!

P.S. My editor is upstairs in the bed, SO, I am the sole writer and editor of this post. Sorry for any bloopers I missed!

P.S.S. If the Lord tarries, and leaves me here, NEXT UP: 2023!

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