Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The True Meaning of Christmas to Me...Hope


So much power in such small word. I have always been an eternal optimist. Always seen the glass as half full, filled with the best thing you could ever want, and expecting it to be completely full soon. After being afflicted with a chronic, debilitating illness, that glass shattered. Some friends and I were talking about this glass-half-full business a while back, and the eternal pessimist said, "Glass? What glass?" Well, that's about where I was.

But thank GOD He didn't leave me there. I can't STAND the thought of no hope. It's not that I see the world through rose-colored glasses, because trust me, I do not. But ponder this:

"Sanity may be madness but the maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be."
-Don Quixote

I may not be healthy right now, but I hope that someday I will be here on earth. I KNOW I will be in heaven. It's choosing to believe the good. Yes, you may be disappointed. But living life, just accepting where you are, to "see life as it is instead of as it should be..." That is so powerful! Think about how different things would be if everyone TRULY started living as they SHOULD. Every moment of every day. Impossible? I don't think so.

Jesus was born so that we can have that hope. Christmas to me, is so NOT commercial. We don't talk about Santa Claus, (I know, how controversial!), we celebration Jesus' birthday. If He never came, there would be no HOPE. And I'm not sure I could live my life like that. I should never have been able to have this precious child, Jacob...but Hope prevailed, and God blessed me so much!

"Hope is like a road in the country; there never was a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence." -Lin Yutang

I know life can hurt. I know life can be unfair...believe me, I know. But I also know that HOPE is more powerful than unfairness. It is bigger than fear. It is stronger than despair.
It is the infertile woman knowing she will someday be a mother. It is the sick among us knowing that someday they will be well. It is the "poor" among us who know they are really, immeasurably blessed.

Hope lives. You can take a lot from a person, but as long as they have hope, they will go on.
This Christmas, try living life as it should be, not as is it. See where it takes you.
Always remember the Reason for the Season.
Merry Christmas,
and Merry SITS-mas sisters!


Post-Modern Jen said...

Thank you for such an inspirational post! Merry SITSmas :)

Rebecca Jo said...

OK - I'm going to have to mark you! My grandmother & mother have Mysthenia...

Take it easy during the busy season!

Merry SITSmas!

Danielle said...

Merry Sitsmas!!!
If everyone felt like the holidays were about hope, it would be a much better season and world.

ilovemy5kids said...

What a great reminder!

Blessings to you,
Lana @ ilovemy5kids

Merry Christmas to ya'!

Jenn Erickson said...

You have a beautiful and inspiring spirit. Thank you for sharing your hope, your optimism, and life so honestly and eloquently.

Life with Kaishon said...

What a wonderful reminder : ) Hope! Perfect for this season. I hope you can find some relief for your pain soon.