Monday, December 20, 2010

One Last Christmas

One Last Christmas by Matthew West
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It's been 7 months since Chrissie went to Heaven.
It seems impossible that she's been gone for SEVEN months.
I can still see her, smell her, feel her little fingers pressing into my neck with her tight hugs.
It can't be seven months.
But it is.

As I listened to this song (One Last Christmas), I reflected upon Chrissie' last Christmas.  I guess it was her only Christmas, really.  I thought I might feel some guilt or regrets about how I might have done things differently if we had just known it would be Chrissie's last Christmas.  Instead of thinking of things I would have done differently, I was overwhelmed with gratitude that Chrissie was with our family for her last Christmas.  We spent every day of the advent season reading from God's Word, learning about Jesus' lineage (through the Jesse Tree devotional), and focusing on the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.  Chrissie was so excited about having a birthday party for Jesus, and looking back on it, I really wouldn't change a thing about the way we celebrated Christmas for Chrissie's last Christmas.

Also, as I listened to this song (One Last Christmas), I realized that there was a very cool story out there that I had never heard (Dax's story).
I'm sure there are just as many people who have never heard of Chrissie's story.
And there are thousands of families who have lost children whose stories will not be spread around the world.

But God knows each and every story.
He knows the number of hairs on each of our heads.
And He knows each tear we cry.
God knows our pain personally because He, too, lost His Son.
His One and Only Son.

For you.
And for me.

With the hope that the story of His Son would be spread around the world.

For your salvation.
And for mine.
And for all those who have never heard The Good News.

Share His story.
Spread it around the world.
There's no story as important as His.

The Christmas Story.
Read it in Luke, chapters 1 and 2.
Then spread the story.

Happy Birthday Jesus!

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