This time of year signals so many things . . .
We have just come from the Thanksgiving season, abreviated though it seems in our culture. I try to keep a mindset of thanksgiving. Through all of the changes over the past two years, I still believe with all my heart that there is so very much for which to be thankful. God is good, and He has blessed us in so many ways, and He never changes -- He has always been and will always be good!
These days are flying by and filled with Christmas shopping, baking, school activities, recitals, basketball games, and programs (to name a few).
I don't know whether it is the mental references from last year or the increased level of activities, but life has taken on a feeling again that the rest of the world is moving at a different pace, and I find it a bit overwhelming trying to keep up with the busy-ness of it all.
I see struggles in the kids, too. It started the week before Thanksgiving. I started hearing references to last year and how different - abnormal - it was. One of the kids told me that they can't stop their thoughts from playing over and over. One of them told me that they can't remember what Dad sounded like. Sometimes, it is the things the kids don't say more than what they do say. Even all of the 'fun' Christmas events at school are reminders of last year. So . . . This year is a little bit weighty. Next year will be easier.
The most important focus, though, is Christmas -- the true meaning for all of the celebrations. God became flesh and dwelt among us and gave His life to redeem us. He is the reason we can have the hope of Heaven.