By Marianna Boyce
This blog post was initially going to be about delightful Christmas memories. When I walked up the sidewalk at Salon on Main for my hair appointment before Thanksgiving, I knew I had to change direction. Maybe I’ll reminisce about my childhood another year.
The statement on my salon’s marquee outside read, “Where God Guides He Provides.” Of course, this sent my brain firing on all cylinders. I could hardly wait to pen my thoughts onto paper. Their messaging was great! The memories it stirred? Not so great! Just stay with me a minute y’all.
My two adopted granddaughters, now ages 11 and 13 came to mind. Their young lives have not always been merry and bright. Seven years ago, God saw fit to remove them from the hellish situation they were living. Even though they now have all the love, care, and attention any child could ever hope for, they are both still haunted by their past. Material gifts cannot give back the formative years that were lost at such tender ages. My prayer is they both learn to depend on God in a mighty way and not allow their unfortunate past define who they become in the future.
My next thought reverted me to 2016…a year I will never forget! This was the year I had a not so great Christmas! Okay, it was really quite depressing, and to be totally honest, it was the most horrible holiday season I had ever experienced in my entire life! All I remember was the excruciating joint pain riddled throughout my entire body. All I could think of was myself! (Selfish much)? Indeed I was! My exhausting experience was dreadful! When heartache, pain, and sorrow come knocking at your door, nothing else really seems to matter.
During that time, not only did I begin shutting out family and friends, I also left out God. Miraculously, God never left me! It was just little ‘ole me…and a very big God. He was still faithful to guide me through some of the darkest days of my life. He strategically and sporadically placed those precious family members, friends, and even strangers in my life to push me over the numerous hurdles I so painfully endured. Thankfully, I am much better now.
Maybe you haven’t yet crossed that threshold. If not, just know that God cares for you too. If you’re looking for Him, He’s not hard to find. Just listen for that still, small voice. He will never barge His way inside your heart and life. He must be invited. His timing is always perfect though.
While many people are decking their halls, trimming their tree, gathering around a warm cozy fire, baking sweet treats, etc., there are also many that cannot merrily go about their business. Maybe you are missing your military husband, wife, son or daughter halfway around the world. Are you a single parent just trying to make ends meet? Maybe you’re coping with the loss of a loved one or caring for elderly parents. Does something just seem to be missing? Do you just simply dread this time of year? My prayer for you is to find comfort, peace and joy this holiday season.
For those who can be someone’s Christmas cheer this year, you may very well be an answer to a simple prayer! A smile and a kind word goes a long way! If you can do more, feel free to do so! Remembering the Reason for the Season and also, wherever God guides, He will indeed provide.
May God bless you and your family this holiday season! Merry Christmas!