Star of Hope, A Season of waiting.
Prepare, Watch, Behold and Rejoice. These are the words on our banner at our local country church. Each week a new strip has be added and hung each Sunday through the season of Advent. Tonight is when we celebrate our Saviors birth. Have you been preparing? It seems we have for the entire month with decorating, shopping, baking, gift wrapping and card sending to our loved ones. It’s done. It is now time to watch, behold and rejoice. A time to celebrate the Prince of Peace who has come gently into the “far-from-peaceful” world. What a gift it is to rest in the joy of his coming to bring Hope to every soul who seeks Him.
”Star of Hope” was a service held for a local Hospice House. A time for families to come together to remember and reminisce about the loved ones they have lost this year. A time to remember when families spent time together with their loved one caring for them. A time to share the life they led and thank them for all they did for each one of us. A sad time but a time when we could reassure them that we loved them and were grateful for them. The service gave those present the feeling of hope.
Life is a Journey. It is about everyday struggles of lives and how people can move on stronger than ever after a conflict has happened to them. My father was in this “Star of Hope” Season this year. We siblings cared for him, in his home. With the help of a local Hospice Care unit we managed to keep dad’s wishes and cared for him. What a Blessing it was for me. Tough days mixed with rewarding days. The journey ended January 18, 2012 after many years of battling cancer.
It is time to behold and rejoice. As you celebrate this Christmas Season with your family remember the “Reason for this Season”. Jesus came that we may have everlasting life. We need to rest in the assurance that we will rejoice at the end of our earthly life. Today I am wondering what Christmas will be like in Heaven for my dad this year. He will be rejoicing with other loved ones, celebrating the Christmas Season with the heavenly angels for the first time.
Be prepared, keep watching, behold our Savior, and rejoice with your families with Christmas Joy.
“It is in darkness that one finds the Light….” Keep looking. Merry Christmas and remember Jesus is the Reason for the Season. Merry Christmas Dad and all my loved ones.