“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
Being a parent means you will have to be patient but during Christmas season our girls have to be patient too… Practicing such immense self-control as the gifts start piling up under the tree. Waiting patiently for Christmas Eve when they can finally rip off the wrapping paper. They wait with all the excitement of the world and although some days seem longer than others, they never lose hope even though they have a limited understanding of time (being 3 and 5). This always inspires us to wait with that same devotion, obedience and excitement (even when times are hard) for the day our Lord returns, and we receive our greatest gift, an eternity by His side.
“And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Our girls love the birth story of Jesus, never questioning any small part, just trusting that what we are reading to them is the truth. As we get older we question more and become more cynical but our daughters are the perfect examples of faith… Always trusting in us, their parents, to be there and we are! Why can’t we trust our Father in the same way?
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Christmas is not all merry and bright for everyone and we don’t live in easy times, with depression and suicide (even in children) on the rise, joy is something we must treasure and protect. Having two bubbly beings bouncing about our home always reminds us to find the beauty in life and everything we have around us. We are all blessed in more ways than we can even imagine.
“I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
When you have kids, tis always the season to give and whether you are a giver or not, kids will make you one… They will take and take and take until you feel there is nothing left to give but I’ve learned to surrender. This doesn’t mean giving in or giving up. We just stopped being selfish. To give and give, not just give what we can or want but to keep giving even when you feel you don’t have anything left to give. Embrace parenthood and all it entails, the fun and the not so fun, you will gain more that you can ever expect.
“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”
After becoming a parent Christmas has been more meaningful to us than ever. We always knew what it was about but now that we have my own 2 (now 3) angels, we really do get it. The amazing, all-encompassing love God has for us. The immense sacrifice and grace He showed us when he gave us Jesus and how we can only be saved by Him, never ourselves, no matter how hard we try or how good we are.
May the gift of Christmas fill each heart and every home and may we all remember the true reason for the season.
Love and blessings from the Candi-clan!
PHOTO CREDIT | Mario Sales