Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Christmas Wish.........

Good Christmas Eve morning everyone!
I wanted to stop in today and let you know that I'll be taking a few days off from work and my blog as well so I can enjoy the holiday season with my family. I'll be back to regular posting next Thursday.

As I was reading my devotion this morning during my quiet time, I came across part of a story I'd like to share with you all as my Christmas wish for you and your family.
"The girls tore into their presents with squeals of delight. "Oh, Mom, I love this! Thank you!" said Abby, our oldest daughter.
"Here Mommy, take this out of the package, please!" said Hannah, our youngest.
After everything was unwrapped, we had our special Christmas morning breakfast. And then everyone had some free time before we left to celebrate with other family members.
That's when I felt it; the Christmas Day ache. Have you ever felt it? After weeks of secrets and excitement, decorating and baking, shopping and planning, I felt a tiny spark of wanting. It wasn't about the presents. Instead, the glitter of the season, the high expectations set by advertisers, the music, the parties all combined to leave me with a longing.

I let the longing lead me to worship the Baby in the manger, just like the shepherds did so long ago. In Luke 2:15, after the angels made their stunning appearance and shared the glorious news of the birth, the shepherds said to themselves: "Let's go.....and see." After they found Jesus and worshipped Him, they went into the village and told everyone what they had seen.
And so, like the shepherds, He bids me: Go and see. Go and tell. "

Reading this story has reminded me to share with you the best news of all time, the greatest Christmas gift ever given:


At this Christmas season, let's try to remember that real love isn't found in a brand new car, parked in the driveway and gift-wrapped with a bow. Real joy isn't found in a diamond ring from a store. Real peace isn't found in the glitter and sparkle of the season. All of these things leave us wanting. Instead, our pangs of longing, our ache for real love, real peace and real joy are satisfied only in Jesus.
Let your Christmas longings bring you to the Baby in the manger and the saving grace that only a relationship with Him can offer.
Go and see, then go and tell. And all who hear will be amazed.
He is the best gift of all!

From my family to yours -

we wish you a Christ-filled season of love, joy and peace!
Merry Christmas
from the Merriman Family!

~~Robin

20 comments:

  1. What a beautiful message, Robin. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Merry Christmas!
    Hugs!

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  2. What wonderful words to remind me personally that what matters after losing everything such as material things, I can still count on family and good friends and that nothing, nothing is more important than us being healthy and that we still have each other. Have a Merry Christmas! GOD bless!!! Mary

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  3. Oh Robin! What a beautiful family you make. Thanks for sharing.
    The card is exquisite....love it!!! I didn't think I liked that set......hmmmmmm....now I love it!!!!!
    Merry Christmas!

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  4. Beautiful post Robin.

    Beautiful story. Isn't that the truth? Enjoy your few days off with your family. First things first!

    Thanks for your friendship ~ I am so lucky to have a friendship like yours. Merry Christmas.

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  5. Robin - a beautiful reminder of what the season is really all about!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Warm hugs,

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  6. Beautiful story, Robin. your card is gorgeous too!!
    Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoy your break!! :)

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  7. Thanks Robin for sharing your beautiful art and the beautiful story. Here I am, dashing around the house trying to get packed, face the traffic of the drive to my Mom's and worring about all sorts of mundane things about the rest of today to prepare for tomorrow. I know will sit in traffic and be reminded about all the really important things that the season celebrates. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  8. This is truly what the day is all about.

    Much love to you, my friend!!!

    Have a blessed Christmas!!!!

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  9. Amen! Thanks for helping me to redirect my focus to Christ tonight. With the craziness of this time of year I need to be reminded of this several times daily. I thank God for the blessing of your friendship this year. I pray you and your loved ones have a Blessed Christmas.

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  10. Your posting is so true; we need to be reminded of this more often, than just Dec.. TFS!!

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  11. What a beautiful post Robin! Merry Christmas to you and yours! :D

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  12. wonderful story robin and love your card...one of my fav sets..
    You are a handsome looking family.
    connie paxman

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  13. So beautiful, Robin, and a very special message! I'm blessed to have you in my life! Hope your holiday was wonderful!

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  14. Gorgeous card and beautiful message. I hope your Christmas was wonderful.

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  15. What a beautiful post Robin!!! AND you are such a beautiful persone and I am so happy that you are in my life now!!! I treasure you and your family and bless my lucky stars that we are such great friends!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family my dear friend!! LUV YA AND MISS YOU EVERYDAY!!!

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  16. Robin - what a beautiful card! Thanks so much for sharing it with us! Hope your Christmas was everything you hoped it would be!

    See you in Phoenix?
    Kelly Acheson

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  17. Beautiful story and beautiful card, Robin. I so hope SU NEVER retires this set...it is the best real Christmas set ever.

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  18. I love this Robin. I'm still enjoying Christmas. I have my lights on, enjoying the music and special movies. I find that before Christmas gets here I am so busy it is difficult to truly relax the way I long to. I enjoyed the advent devotionals I read each day this year and they helped me focus on Christ. I love hearing people say Merry Christmas and hearing his name in songs in places you usually wouldn't hear Jesus mentioned. I'm just keeping Christmas around as long as I can. I'm praying your's was merry, bright, wonderful and blessed! Happy New Year!

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