Sunday, December 16

a Christmas miracle of hope

It has been hard for me to get into the Christmas spirit this year and I believe that part of it has been related to some of the heavy burdens of family and friends around me. Life and death kind of things. It forces your perspective to change.

One of the blessings in my life has been participating on a board of Christian homeschool moms for over ten years now. Through the years many of us have met each other and have become a close knit group sharing all the ups and downs of life. Our greatest bond has been our prayer support of one another. An example would be one of the mom's asking for prayer as her teen aged son Jacob was back in the hospital with his weakened heart. We have witnessed his condition continually worsening as he was put on the heart transplant list. And we kept praying. His life was slipping away and he wasn't predicted to make it through the weekend. Then yesterday morning they were notified of a heart and he was rushed into surgery. Last evening we were updated that Jacob had come through the surgery and was pink again! He still has a recovery process to go through, but we are all rejoicing in the new hope of his life. And at the same time are praying for a grieving unknown family who has experienced a loss this weekend for with life has come death.

How often can God's people testify that He comes in the nick of time and not a moment too soon or too late?! Always in perfect timing. HIS perfect timing.

One word prevails - HOPE. As God's people we can cling to that when darkness surrounds us. HOPE. For God has promised us that He will never leave us nor forsake us. HOPE. And the Christmas season is brighter now. HOPE.

"The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love." ~ Psalm 147:11

May you, too, be reminded of the gift of HOPE which is yours!

Tammy ~@~

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