Monday, September 26, 2011

Christmas is Coming




The countdown has begun! 90 days until Christmas! The other day I did the math and realized how close it is. Okay, I know it's only September but I am super excited and can't wait for the Christmas season to actually be here. There is nothing in the world like Christmas at home with my family in New York. Decorating the tree, carols on the radio and in the stores, visiting the tree at Rockefeller, family gatherings, my Mom's cookies, Advent candles, giving gifts, stocking stuffers. It's great.

Now, I know all you Scrooges are rolling your eyes, but before you blurt out a "Bah, Humbug!," do me the favor and read on a few more lines...


You see, I don't share my excitement about Christmas with you because I'm a big cheeseball (even though I am). I am writing this because there was a time when I couldn't stand Christmas at all. I was a straight-up Scrooge. Not everyone may have known it but inside I was miserable.

For years I experienced so much pain in my heart. The happy Christmas memories seemed to have become just that, memories. I couldn't even imagine that there would be any future memories that would be filled with joy again. "Merry" and "Christmas" seemed like an oxymoron. But God has done a huge work of healing in my life. HUGE. He has changed my heart and given me a new joy. A true miracle that only the Lord could have done. My perspective changed about many things and one year, when I felt excited about it being Christmastime, that's when I realized a miracle really had taken place. One day I'll share a little of my story. 
Until then, check out some Charlie Brown. You gotta love him...








3 comments:

Diana Denis said...

you surely are wise beyond your years. which makes me feel all the more inadequate for having nothing brilliant to say so i'm gonna keep it simple...all i know is that God is still in the restoration business and i'm doing the happy dance with you for the next 91 days!

Jennifer Roth said...

Diana, you are totally NOT inadequate. You are a trophy of grace and you're awesome. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement ... and for your happy dance. Love you! XOXO

Christen Ringle said...

Pretty soon, the mouse will be on the move!!!!