Well, it’s been about a year since we found out about Poppy’s heart condition. Wow, what a year! I first have to say, wow…to be here with Poppy and our family, on this day is a miracle. Just one of the many many miracles we have experienced this year. We have seen God’s hand in everything!! We have learned so much about our Lord and His divine grace- there are truly no words that can fully explain all of what we’ve seen and felt from our Lord. He is so good, ALL of the time!!
Also, we must express a humble thank you to so many people who have helped us along the way. There are so many people that we wish we could thank personally and we hope that we will be able to somehow in the future. Both Christi and I have so much to be grateful for this Christmas season. Simply saying thank you doesn’t seem adequate for the fervent and constant prayers for our family and our daughters life, the gifts, the many cards and words of encouragement, and the financial assistance to help us get to her many doctor appointments. We think about these blessings daily and do not take them for granted. We will always be grateful for your love and support, and hold it closely to our hearts.
This last week I was reading through the Christmas story found in the Gospel of Luke and I have to say that I am always amazed at how the Christmas story played out. Both Mary (Luke 1:26) and Joseph (Mathew 1:20), receive an amazing birth confirmation from an angel of God telling them that they were chosen to be Christ’s earthly parents. Can you imagine the preconceived ideas that they might have had concerning how life was going to play out? I’m pretty sure that if I were in there shoes I would have thought it was going to be smooth sailing from there on out. But, it gets really interesting when Joseph, and a very pregnant Mary, get to Bethlehem. Of all places, Christ was born in the most humbling of all settings. (Luke 2:7). I bet that Mary and Joseph didn’t see that one coming. I would be asking God about now, “What’s going on? We need a room and you are not providing.” The interesting part is that it was always part of God’s plan to have the birthplace for Christ in a place that didn’t probably seem ideal. It wasn’t a mistake. When I read this I am reminded by Christ’s love for me. He came to face the same hardships of life and even more than what I’ve experienced. Unlike me, he handled every situation perfectly and without sin. Even after experiencing everything life could throw at him, he was sentenced to die without ever committing a single sin. But why? Why did Jesus come to earth just to live a life filled with strife and pain? The Bible says that Christ stood in our place and took the punishment for the sins of the world (2 Corinthians 5:21). The Bible says that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). That means that there isn’t anything we can do to obtain heaven or simply be good enough to get there. We don’t deserve heaven. (Sobering Thought) Our hope is in what this season represents. Jesus came to earth to live a perfect life so that he could take the punishment for our sins and give us a way to heaven. All we need to do is accept what Christ has done for us and ask for forgiveness from Christ who paid our debt (1 John 1:9).
As I watch my family grow and adapt to the many changes over the past year, I can honestly say that I never would have imagined my life turning out this way. It’s really pretty amazing, and at the same time, there are times when it is so easy to wonder if it really is part of God’s plan when we do face challenges. At times we expect God to just make everything smooth sailing, but that’s not always the case. Everyday I am realizing that we need to be able to be flexible and allow God to work in our lives even when it hurts. When I look at this journey and all that we have gone through in this last year, I had no idea what to expect, but I thank God for the experience and will continue to trust Him for what He has in store for us in the future. As God guides, God provides, all we have to do is let Him.
Poppy, Crosby, Christi and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!