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The Christmas of fear...

The Christmas of fear...

I am no fan of the Christmas season. I don’t enjoy the decorations, the music or the shopping. To be fair to Christmas, I do not like or enjoy any shopping of any kind. Also, the other Christmas dislikes are residual from a very…well just a very. Childhood.

I spend this season diligently avoiding letting my family feel my discomfort.

 

However, I am appalled at this seasons issues. The economy has all of America walking in paralyzing fear. I was out shopping last night, granted it was a Sunday evening…but it was also the last shopping weekend before Christmas! No one was out…at 6 pm the local Home Depot was closed! This was really odd. Home Depot here where I live is open until 10 pm every evening (night) and until 7 pm on Sundays. I cannot get over that it was closed!

But also very evident…No one was out shopping. Christmas shopping here is usually horrendous. Crazy people parking ON the grass islands with the light poles! Having to park in East Jabip at any given time of day during this Festive Shopping Season!!! I am not exaggerating, either!

Wake up fokes!! Are things really this bad in middle economic America?

I’m all for a Classic Christmas that is about the family and the celebration of the Birth of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus! I am all for the tradition of making the present and gift giving smaller and the love and affection giving larger. But out of fear?!!!

economic fear

economic fear

My husband, wise gentleman that he is, said as we walked into Kohls last night…

” Well, the news programs have done their jobs well, haven’t they.” He said

“Huh?” I said, I was not thinking at all, I was entering the dreaded Kohls!

He answered, ” There is no one shopping. The news has everyone running in terror. They’ve succeeded in causing mass terror.”

I had to agree as I looked back at the parking lot that was not even close to a third of the way full. We were able to park right in front of the doors at about 6:30 pm. That doesn’t happen in mid October, let alone 4 days before Christmas!

” Yes they have!” I said

My gentleman husband holds open the door for me and says, ” Aren’t you glad we aren’t in that fear?”

I smiled as I walked into this store [Yukkkkkk], and agreed.

You see, I am not receiving a paycheck right now, at my job. My oldest son is layed off of his job. My youngest is unemployed and we are surviving on my husbands paycheck and the oldest son’s unemployment, if we need it. We have not needed it!

Our mortgage is paid! Our bills are paid…on one paycheck!!!

I have to admit, this is all about God! Coming into the unity as a family in the realization that God is our ultimate source of survival has given us the edge. We do not fear the economy, because we know God has it in hand. We do not fear the things that the world at large are fearing, God is our source.

So, I understand if you believe us insane. That would be natural for anyone looking in. However, we are not. We do not spend crazily. We are doing without the luxuries, no eating out, we watch movies at home. Our entertainment is home, friend and family based. We are falling in love with the simple things in life! And, each other.

Christmas has had a limit for many years now. We do not force ourselves to endure ugly family get togethers. If we are having issues with others we do not  go. We have Christmas day at home! No travel! Finally! We visit my Grandma on Christmas eve, after the Candle Light service at church. I make a small Christmas dinner [traditional] and invite my Dad.

Christmas needs to be about what it is about!

The birth of our Savior!!   

A Savior is Born!

A Savior is Born!

It needs to be about family and being together.

My suggestion??? Take the time to revisit your Faith. Go to a local church for the Christmas Eve service…seek the God of your understanding. He will avert your fears, he will take on your burdens.

He will not leave or forsake you or me! Christmas is about remembering that God sent his son to save a world bent on destruction…this was taken care of !

Here read this and allow it to put your hearts at rest and your fears to bed.

Deuteronomy 31:6

6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Luke 2:10-12 

10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

And why was a Savior born that day? Why do we celebrate His birth each year?

John 3:16-17

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

I wish you all a very Merry and Fearless Christmas!

Blessings.

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

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