Christmas Homecoming

Tears keep filling my eyes today. Last night a dear fourteen-year-old girl from my hometown, who’s battled cancer for six years, went home to her heavenly Father. During her short life she lived through much pain, but also lived selflessly and as a delight to those around her.

My thoughts and prayers are with her parents, two sisters, two brothers and all her relatives and friends. I hardly knew Sydnee, so I cannot imagine what today and the coming days are like for those who were close to her.

“Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it. For the greatest things grow by God’s Law out of the smallest. But to live your life you must discipline it. You must not fritter it away in ‘fair purpose, erring act, inconstant will’ but make your thoughts, your acts, all work to the same end and that end, not self but God. That is what we call character.” – Florence Nightingale

Life is so precious. I’m thankful for life and good health this holiday season as I’m constantly reminded of those living in constant severe pain and those who are so close to death, saying goodbye to their family during this holiday season.

Christmas is a wonderful season and this is a bright and cheery time of year for many, but for many it’s a painful reminder of loss and pain. Joy can still be claimed in sad and rough times though, if you have the hope of Jesus. Even in pain, this can be the most wonderful time of year, because it’s about the gift of Jesus–life to each of us.

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