Tuesday December 16, 2008
The Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" Acts 20:35.
It’s been a few days since I last entered any news here, mainly due to the mounting pressure to complete all the tasks necessary for a protracted absence from home. The ease of travel ensures that we are able to spend Christmas in Montreal and the New Year in England. None of us are angels, but we can all fly and act like them, dropping in like some lofty seraphs on those we care to grace with our presence. However, I doubt the average angel has his belongings x-rayed or is required to walk through metal detectors before he can fly.
This year, if it is more blessed to give than receive, we must be in for a ton of blessing as we give ourselves in person to so many of our friends and family—hopefully this “giving” is not seen as an imposition by the recipients of our beneficence. Actually, we are blessed by the joy with which we are greeted, and the equal joy we have of being with them. And if Christmas is a time to be with those we love the most, we are God’s spoilt ones, particularly as we think of those whose greatest joy is marred by family conflict.
I feel the most blessed to be able to carry out this journey again this year in spite of my current illness and looming surgery. I have great gratitude for an active procrastination that is able to place the unpleasant on the back burner—except for an occasional sudden reminder and quick kick in the stomach from left field (so that’s where the back burner is). Today, we are able to enjoy the company of our youngest daughter, her husband and their two year old Thomas addict. Ask any parent of boys who Thomas is! We’ll stay earthbound with them through Christmas before we take to the skies again.