Christmas can bring so many things to us, both good and difficult. It is a wonderful time of hope, when our Savior came to earth to bring salvation for all! But like our Lord’s time on this earth, there is joy and sorrow.

It is easy to set unreal expectations about what Christmas is going to bring.

“We’ll all get along this year for sure!”

“I’m sure they will like the presents I picked this year.”

“Why can’t we have a ‘Hallmark Christmas’?”

Holidays bring families together, and again it can be both good and difficult. Our Lord spoke about family in Luke 12:53 – “They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” This can be a reality in our lives.

As with Jesus and his disciples, we can have families not just of blood, but of common purpose and chosen love. Isn’t this just like our Lord to let us know that family comes from Him, blood or otherwise?

I am blessed to have some wonderful “blood family,” but it wasn’t always so. Therefore, I thank God everyday for the family He has provided without blood ties.

As you start this new year, think about the “family” God has placed in your path for you to love and from whom to receive love. Thank God for this gift.

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