Christmastime is my favorite time of year. I’m sure it is for may be for many of you as well. Even though the days and nights are filled with business, there seems to be so much excitement and love in the air that it makes the chaos tolerable and even enjoyable.
It has always fascinated me how our sense of smell can evoke the most fantastic imagery and can allow our minds to transport us in that moment to places remote in our memory. Such was the case with me just a few Saturdays ago while perusing the aisles of the local home improvement store. The moment became an opportunity for God to speak to me, and enrich my soul.
On October 3 rd of 1863, the late president Abraham Lincoln of America declared “Thanksgiving” a holiday in America. It is normally the 4 th Thursday of November. It was modeled after the New England colonist harvest feast. They were accustomed to regularly celebrating “Thanks Giving” days of prayer – thanking God for blessings such as military victory or end of a drought.
In the morning it is stressful to get ready to leave the house for school and your job. After your working hours you need to quickly drop by at the grocery store, pick up the kids, fix a meal, clean up, go to a meeting or the gym, come home, take a shower, read your Bible scripture for the day and then finally get into bed an hour later then you’ve planned. Recognizable?
The Bible tells us that children are a blessing and gift to parents and they truly are. But even though it is the truth, it doesn’t mean it always feels that way. It can seem like it when you look on social media, when you see al the happy pictures of perfect families. It looks that way when I enter the living room of one of my friends. It is always neat and clean and organized. Her kids are polite and always seem to behave well. How glad it made me to hear about her struggles with her son. Not glad for her of course, but glad it’s not just me who is having struggles with this whole parenting thing. I think Christians all over the world encounter the same difficulties in parenting.