I didn’t blog yesterday on THE DAY. I knew I probably wouldn’t. We are always busy going from one place to another. Once we were home, I got into bed as soon as I could. I believe I slept for about 12 hours! haha! I don’t do that often at all!
Christmas was wonderful. It truly was. My face ached many times from laughing or smiling continuously–and not the fake smiling we sometimes do when posing for pictures–my face was truly feeling the event. My side ached a little from it as well. We had fun!
The event was a little different than usual. We saw some family we hadn’t in quite a few Christmases…then there were some close ones absent for the first time. This did not diminish the joy of the Christmas occasion, but it did make it somewhat different. The ones separated from us missed out on another awesome time together.
Death did not separate us…but another D word did.
Death is inevitable, we will all do that someday unless, of course, Jesus comes before we die. Either way, what a wonderful day that will be. (Reminds me of a song…What a day that will be…when my Jesus I shall see…)
The other d word I’m referring to– although very inevitable– seems to happen in our world more times than not. It creeps up into the happiest of circumstances and the most harmonious of families. It works its way into joyful times and tears apart the best of friends. The devil loves it, he dances in it…he creates it.
We call some of the television programs we watch the D word. The d word can be described several ways. Here’s one definition I found:
It is the specific mode of fiction represented in performance. The term comes from a Greek word meaning action, which is derived from the verb meaning to do or to act.
a composition in prose or verse presenting in dialogue or pantomime a story involving conflict or contrast of character, especially one intended to be acted on the stage; a play.
I know these definitions refer more to a play or performance, but in our lives, they pretty much happen the same way. A person creates some type of opinion about a person or a circumstance then acts out, most of the time negatively, on their opinion. They create fictional dialogue and premeditate the outcome.
Most of the time this involves misunderstandings
which then lead to mis-communications,
throw in some name calling and lies
and wahhhh lahhhhhhh….
THE D WORD!
Yep, the ole D word…
But I’m just gonna tell you along with the stinky little devil… the D word DID NOT stop the celebration of our LORD, KING AND SAVIOR being born! It didn’t stop the meal from being prepared, the hugs, smiles or big ole belly roll laughing! It didn’t stop the bright eyes or surprises that good company or perfect hospitality brought. It didn’t stop the true meaning of our CHRISTMAS STORY. It didn’t stop it…it can’t stop it. No matter how much the D word tries to invade, destroy and conquer… it has no power.
GOD sent us our power. He sent us the hope for peace and happiness. HE sent us THE REASON FOR THIS SEASON and the d word has no place in the unfolding of this story. THE REASON for the season has victory over anything that comes with the d-word. Jesus is peace, hope and love which are total opposites of the d-word.
HE IS THE REASON FOR THIS SEASON.
Pray for those who don’t look to HIM first. (on all days of the year)
Pray for those who love the d-word more than the gifts HE brings.
Find VICTORY in what JESUS brought.
HE IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!
(not the d-word…not ever the d-word)