Tis the season!  Today is the Eve of Christmas Eve!

I’m still like a little kid waiting for Christmas to come!

It’s not the presents; it’s the feeling!

That feeling of hope!

Love, sharing, laughter, joy, and things are just right for one morning, one day.

Oh, there have been a few Christmas’s in my life when I wished the day wasn’t on the calendar.

Some of the fleeting memories come flooding back on those very hard and painful seasons when I was a kid and home wasn’t all it could have been, or the first Christmas when you found yourself alone after being married for almost 30 years.

Those were tear-filled days, but they were not days without hope.

I always knew that there would be a better Christmas in the future. There would be better days and better feelings which did not overwhelm you with so much pain and anguish.

This year is one of the good ones!

I’ve been, and I am with family, and it feel’s just right.

Ann Voscamp recently wrote on her blog: “We can’t ever afford to lose Hope – or we lose our future, our faith, our fight, our fortitude.”

She wrote what I think and finds an amazing way of saying it!

That’s just it, a babe in a manger gave hope to the world, then, and now.

The story doesn’t grow old.

It spans centuries; it’s timeless.

If this Christmas is one of the hard ones where tears fall like rain, don’t throw in the towel, there is hope in a God who understands that breaking heart.

This time will pass, and it is just a day.

Yes, it’s a rough day but it’s only a day, not the end of the world!

Make a new tradition, eat something different, play a different song, go for a walk, spend more time in prayer!

God knows.

He is hope.

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”  [Romans 15:13 NLT]

I care.

Let me know if I can pray for you.

I will, I promise!