Saturday, December 26, 2009
Praise for Friendship/Christmas Praise
This world can be an awfully lonely place sometimes, can't it? It takes a bit of courage and bravery to step out of our insecurity and reach out to others, but when we do, we often find that by reaching out to befriend another, we ourselves, are greatly enriched. In this wide world of bloggers, there are two women who have reached out to me again and again. I am blessed by their friendship and my heart is warmed by the recent awards they have sent my way. I thank Karinann for her Circle of Friends Award, and Judy for her Daily Blessings Award.
I offer praise to God for these lovely friends and for all of the kind visitors who frequent my blog. Before I began blogging, I had complained to my spiritual director that I had felt so alone in my faith without kindred spirits to share my values and my love for the Lord. Writing this blog has changed all of that. I have learned that this world is full of kindred spirits, fellow blog-writers who have a deep love for Jesus and a passion for sharing that love with others through the written word. My heart overflows with the love that I hold for each of you.
I offer praise to God for long-time friends and family members who live nearby and to whom I can turn whenever I long to share a story, a laugh or a tearful embrace. He has chosen to fill my cup to overflowing with goodness and joy.
I offer praise to God for the miracle of the Incarnation and the joy with which Christians celebrate it each year at Christmas.
Praise for her "yes" to new life within
The life that was meant to free us from sin
Praise for safe journeys through a difficult plight
Praise for His birth on that holy night
Praise for the warmth of hay and swaddling clothes
Praise for songs of angels that to heaven arose
Praise for stars to lead the way
Praise for His re-birth in our hearts each day
(Thanks to Jennifer at My Chocolate Heart for the MEME)