First of all, a very merry Christmas to you!
Final preparations for Christmas are here. As I write, my husband is wrapping a couple of presents and my chocolate covered Oreos are cooling on the counter.
This year has been a hard one. The situations are very personal (and the deer was the least of our problems… speaking of which, we received an early Christmas present: the car was ready to be picked up yesterday and it looks as good as new!), but God has brought us through them and used them for good.
For that reason, it’s ironic that this year’s Christmas presentation in children’s church was based on It’s a Wonderful Life.
Over the past few weeks, the Egyptian princess that I play in our theatrical-style services has been living through earth-rattling situations, too. A few weeks ago, her home was destroyed in a conflict with the villains (lead by my husband), her treasury was stolen, and she felt like a failure. With the help of an angel, Clarence, she learned what tragedies would have happened if she hadn’t been there to stop them.
While there’s so much that happens in life that we don’t understand, the movie (and acting out an adaptation of the movie in children’s church) serves as a great reminder that we each have an important role in life that no one else can fill. As Clarence tells George Bailey (and as our Clarence told Princess Cleo):
“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”
Even though life isn’t all roses, it truly is a wonderful thing. Hard times are a gift because they make the victories and happiness in life even more worthwhile.
Hope that you and your family have a safe and wonderful Christmas!