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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Monday, December 22, 2014

WARNING! Religious Content! Merry Christmas!

The older I get, the more important church is in my life!  It just doesn't feel right if I don't go on Sunday morning.  It would be like leaving the house without brushing my teeth!  It fills the hole in my life for another week.  There, I meet with Jesus through the sacrament of Communion and His word.  Oh, certainly, God is in the woods, and by the lake, and you don't have to go to church to feel His presence, but it sure is easier to partake of His gifts to us in his house!
 
We are very blessed with our minister.  He gives great sermons and leaves us with something to always think about.  After church there is a Bible study.  Sometimes, we get hung up on a subject.
(OFTEN TIMES!) 
 
Yesterday we discussed a relationship with God.  It is personally painful to me to be married to a non-believer and my son is part of the group we call, the C&E'ers (Christmas and Easter).  Many young people have left the church.  They figure if they show up once or twice a year, that is good.  The babies are not baptized and the children do not go to Sunday School and learn about Jesus.
 
Our minister likened it to a love affair or a marriage. If you love someone, you WANT to be with them!  (Not just once or twice a year!)  God wants to be with us, and that is why he sent his son, IMMANUEL:  God with us!
 
It makes me want to see Him more often.  I have been remiss in attending services for Advent and Lent. Perhaps my heart would be better prepared for his birthday if I had attended Advent services.
 
I am trying to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and not get hung up on the small stuff.
 
Have a Blessed Christmas!
 
 


6 comments:

White Lace and Promises said...

Debbie, my concentration the past two years has been Emmanuel, God with us. He came as a little babe that He could be with us. No matter the circumstance, He is with us. Prayers that you will experience more and more of His being with you. Prayers for your husband and children. Been there a few times and it's hard.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
My hubby doesn't go to church with me at all, except when I was baptised...otherwise he isn't interested...
Happy New Year too!
warmly,
deb

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Love the title...When you scroll over it, it gets bright red. Yes, I know what you mean...Everyone went to church when I was a kid and I never go to baptisms anymore??? The world would be a better place if they did

Merry Christmas
Carol

Linda said...

A wonderful post, thank you so much for sharing this.

Merry Christmas.

Carolee said...

Well said!
Merry Christmas!
Looking forward to the C & E group using all the seats so we, the regulars, have to sit on added chairs or stand.
Have a Blessed season.

Gert said...

Debbie I totally understand all your thoughts and actions.

Hope you're looking forward to an amazing New Year!