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  1. I didn’t know you grew up in Japan. I did too, and have similar fond memories of my Grandma’s visits. My parents are with Cadence International http://www.cadence.org (was named OCSC – Oversears Christian Servicemens’ Centers – when I was a kid) and we opened our home year-round to lonely hearts to hear about Jesus. Christmas was often an emotional time for military members far from home.
    I haven’t made it to your blog in a while (followed you closely and prayed for you daily for quite some time after your sweet daughter’s death) and while I know you will always miss her until the beautiful reunion of heaven, I happily surprised to read of another blessing on the way for you. {hug}

  2. I am so blessed by all that God has done for our family this year. He is Christmas all year in my heart. But I truly get what you said about the season being over so soon. Blessings and prayers for all this Christmas.

  3. How beautifully said. Sometimes I feel a little down once Christmas is past and we head into the new year. Looking back at all that is behind leaves me sad. Thank you for sharing! Christ is the reason and because of Him – our future is bright!

  4. Beautifully written. I also have a post-Christmas let-down most years. We spend a month leading up to one day, and when it’s all said and done, you’re like what now? I know I won’t have much time to myself in the next few weeks, but thanks for the reminder that time with God is what’s important.
    As I was reading this, the thought popped into my head: Christmas, like the new year, is a beginning. It was the beginning of God as a human. God’s salvation plan set into motion. That is something to keep celebrating!

  5. I can tell you’re not a knitter…. saying that knitting something takes hours, to a knitter’s ear, is saying that it didn’t take very long. All knitting projects take hours 🙂 The big ones take months and even years.

  6. What a beautiful post and one I needed to read this morning! I pray you have a wonderful Christmas and YES we need to remember the True meaning of Christmas!!

  7. I love your heart…
    I believe that Christmas does not end… the gift of Christmas blesses us 24/7/365. Each Christmas is the beginning of a new year of celebrating Christ, not an end.
    I too, am reminded that our daughters aren’t here to celebrate their tenth and fifth Chritmases. It is bittersweet: knowing that there should have been twice the kids around the Christmas tree on Christmas morning, yet rejoicing in awe that they celebrate Christmas in the arms of Jesus Himself and that He is telling them the story of His birth, in person.

  8. I always go through a little Christmas mourning too. Just last night I was thinking how sad I am that it’s almost over and then I told myself to snap out of and enjoy it while it’s here! I like your perspective on it!

  9. Aw, this couldn’t have been more perfect! I am right there with you, always saddened by the end of Christmas, but will most definitely try to hang onto your perspective. Thanks you and Merry Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family!

  10. […] A Christmas Story @ (In)Courage was a touching. I often feel a bit sad after Christmas as we head into the new year. I tend to think about memories and all we’ve left behind. But with Christ – we havea  bright future. Let’s make that our focus! […]

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