Are you feeling the pressure to create the "perfect" Christmas? As the mom of the family, it seems that it all falls on us~ the planning, shopping, wrapping, baking and on and on it goes. That's just the way it is. We do all the preparations and our family who are the featured players. Are you hearing me? Two weeks tomorrow and it is here. I just want to say to you ~ "MOM." God sees all you do~ the hours~the tired feet and aching back. You are loved and valued by God.
As I ponder the Christmas story today~ I am thinking of Joseph as he woke up from the dream in which the angel told him to fear not. That angel validated what his beloved Mary had told him. You know that story that many would not believe. That angel told him to name that sweet baby~ Jesus. That baby that would not be his but he would love as his. Joseph loved Mary and he did love that baby. He protected Mary and was by her side and cared for her as she gave birth to our Messiah. Wow~ we don't talk about Joseph much ~ but I say what a man. What a special role he played in our salvation.
Catch that ~Emmanuel which we all know means that God is with us. That is just a good place to focus today. We are not alone in our preparations as the Mom who makes it all happen this time of year. God is with us. Now that is a reason to celebrate today.