I want to wish all of you a Blessed Christmas. I am filled with so much gratitude for all of you, my amazing caregivers and readers. This has been a wonderful year for me as I have found my mission. I love hearing your inspirational stories. Thank you for sharing your personal struggles and how you have found ways to navigate the maze. Your stories have helped me get through a difficult year with my own parents. Whether you have cared for a special needs child, a spouse, or an aging parent, I have learned important life lessons from you. You have taught me how to face difficult emotions with grace. I see how God has given you strength to endure. And so many of you have become special friends. God has indeed blessed me with you. And thank you to my readers, who continually encourage me and offer suggestions for new stories. I have found that God always provides another story – my cup is never empty. And I pray that your cup is always full too. Have a Blessed Christmas.
I would ask for your prayers for my dear mother, who is rapidly declining and is now on Hospice. She has fought an incredibly strong fight, but she is ready to be with our Lord. She is an amazing woman with a heart full of gratitude, kindness, and compassion. Also, please pray for my Dad, who has been an incredible caregiver – he was my inspiration for starting this blog. Thank you so much for the prayers for my family!
Matthew 1:18-25 (NRSVCE)
The Birth of Jesus the Messiah
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.
Lord, I thank You for this special year – for the people I’ve met. Bless each one of you as I keep you in my prayers. And for those who have lost a loved one this year, I offer a special prayer for you. While this can be a difficult time of year for caregivers, let us remember that You will continue to care for us. You are the ultimate caregiver.