Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I enjoy discussing special events.
Of course, Christmas is one of them. And, so is Christmas Eve!
I must say that when I was in Northern Ireland one Christmas, I was shocked to see that worship services celebrating Christmas were actually held on Christmas day. However, here in Canada, most church groups hold a Christmas Eve service, rather than a worship service on Christmas day itself (unless of course, it is a case where Christmas falls on a Sunday).
So, late in the afternoon on December 24th, I made a couple of stops to visit people. One stop was to visit my oldest grandson T (my daughter B's son) and his girlfriend, S.
After a short visit and dropping off Christmas gifts to them, I made my way to where I've been worshiping. Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church!
Since some of the congregation gets together with their family members to celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, our service was not after dinner. Instead, it was held at 5:00 p.m.
I must admit, it was a lovely service. Very heartwarming. And, very loving, in many ways.
It did my heart good to worship with my church family. Especially, since we are all dedicated to our Lord, Jesus Christ.
The music was awesome. As was the sermon. And, prayer.
The service ended with a candle-light segment, honouring our Lord, Jesus Christ. It was beautiful!
I must admit, that while I was driving home, I felt rather tired. Worn out. And, low in spirit, just thinking about spending another Christmas day, alone.
As I drove, I talked with God. And, prayed.
When I arrived home, I found my daughter P, had phoned and left a message for me. I was invited to celebrate with her family, and enjoy dinner with them, on Christmas day!
My heart skipped a beat, with joy.
You see, years earlier, I used to provide Christmas dinner for all my family. Then, came a time when both my daughters decided they wanted to just spend Christmas day with their own families.
So instead of getting together on Christmas day, we usually got together before Christmas.
My now deceased husband Gordon, was alive at this time. Since we no longer celebrated with family on the Lord's birthday, and since he had time off of work at that time, we began to travel.
Even after he died, my family did their own thing, mostly.
So, being invited to dinner and to celebrate Jesus' birthday with my family... on His special day, was truly a blessing to me. It meant I didn't have to be alone, either!
I praised God for this! And, for P.
I must admit, I felt honoured!
Thinking about being honoured, reminded me of Exodus 20:12, "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee."
Not only was I grateful, but I prayed.
You see, my daughter P, has Lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which in some cases ends a person's life.
P has had more than her share of trials in life. Especially, concerning her having Lupus.
While there have been times when she has been in a sort of remission, there are also times when the disease greatly affects her. Just like it has, as of late.
My friend, if you could find it in your heart to pray for my daughter P, I would truly appreciate it. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I pray that God will bless you, for contributing to what I believe is God's plan to extend her days upon the land. Especially for her obedience to God's Word, as He told us, in the Bible.
May God provide for all your needs. Please know that I pray for you, also.
And, I pray that you had a very Merry CHRISTmas!
Until next time...
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