Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Grace

Christmas Grace

Thank you, Lord, for this place,
Where we gathered from life’s rat race

With tears on our face,
Our memories replay,
Our sadness is now a trace,
By the wonder of God’s Christmas Grace

Down came the snow,
Beautiful, sparkling, icy lace,
Family and friends,
Food, fun, fellowship,
And candy by the case!

Gifts, girls, guys,
Grandparents, Oh MY
How can this be?
Maybe you ask why?
It’s a testimony of God’s Christmas grace, we would reply

God gave His Son one Christmas morn
His greatest gift for us to be reborn
A shout and Gabriel’s horn
Then crowns upon His feet we’ll adorn

It is this hope
This truth upon which we base
Our ability to live and cope-
-- God’s Christmas Grace

--RJC 12/26/10

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Surreal and So Real

Today is December 16, 2010. One year ago today our lives were abruptly changed forever.
I sit here lost in thought as memory after memory plays out through the timeline in my mind. A myriad of emotions flit across my heart as I think of what this year has been like. I am so humbly thankful for HOPE, GRACE, MERCY, and PEACE. Hope, because without it we would not have Heaven. Grace, for every hour we think we can't make it through without going crazy with grief or pain. Mercy, for when we have more questions then answers, and Peace, for when we finally give it all to God to take care of instead.

God has been more real to me this year in deeper ways then ever before, and I have seen Him work in our family in what should have been a tragedy, but is really a Triumph of God's grace.

It was a surreal day for me, but the sadness is so real.
It is surreal to think she is gone and isn't around to take care of us.
It is so real to know that we will see her again.
It has been surreal to pick up the pieces and live life.
It's so real to have God's grace to make it through each day.
It's surreal that her earthly life is over,
It's So Real that her legacy still lives on.
Surreal? Yes, but only for a short time, then Heaven will be SO REAL!!!