Friday’s Fave Five

It’s Friday, time to count the blessings of the week
with Susanne and other friends at Living to Tell the Story.

During the busiest weeks, it’s still important to stop and count our blessings—maybe even more important then since they can so easily be forgotten in the rush of activities. But since we are busy, I’ll keep it short and sweet.

1. Christmas cards and newsletters. We get fewer every year, but I love sending and receiving them.

2. Christmas lights. They provide such cheer, I always hate to take them down after Christmas. I know we don’t know for sure exactly when Christ was born, but I love that we celebrate His birth in the darkest part of the year. That makes all the verses about light seem even more meaningful.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone (Isaiah 9:2).

My eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel” (Luke 2:30-32).

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”  (John 8:12).

3. Packages arriving from all the online ordering. Fun! One even went to the wrong place, but the recipient graciously brought it to us.

4. Tylenol and Icy Hot spray. My back has been giving me a hard time this week.

5. Central heat. I know I say this every year. But it’s been cold this week, and I am so thankful all I have to do is push a button to turn the heat up.

I hope your Christmas preparations are going well, and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

7 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. I love checking my mailbox in December especially. 🙂 I love getting photo cards but I miss the days of personal notes handwritten in a Christmas card. Those are definitely few and far between. I used to try to do that myself with each card I sent, but I finally caved a few years ago and started sending a photo card too, with no handwriting on it at all. 😦 Maybe one year I’ll get energetic and return to the old way.

  2. Yes, we all have so much to be grateful for! Seems like I get fewer cards, but more packages as I make more and more use of online ordering each year. I love that scripture about Jesus being the light of the world. Thank you for sharing. Have a great weekend!

  3. I love getting Christmas cards and newsletters too!! We sent a few out this year with a newsletter catching up some long distance friends and family who are not on Facebook. It’s fun!
    I love Christmas lights!!! It’s so cozy to come home from work and turn them on. And yeah….i love that we celebrate Christmas just after the winter solstice even though Jesus was likely born in early spring which is when the taxes were collected in that culture. I love all the verses about the Light, one of my faves is the one from Isaiah!
    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  4. Yes! I am thankful too for central heating that arrives with the pressing of a button.
    We put up lights around our windows on the inside. It actually makes both inside and outside festive looking.
    We got all our Christmas letters out before Christmas Eve this year! We love receiving and sending them.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  5. I agree with you about the Christmas lights!! With new families in our neighborhood, more houses are donning lights and it’s such a cheery sight.

    Hope your back has recovered and that you managed some quiet rest in the midst of all the excitement.

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