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Wednesday, December 7, 2011


This post is part of the Christian Writers blog chain. Our theme for this month is “Gifts from the Heart.” Please see the list to the right and visit my friends’ blogs to see what they have to say about this topic. 

Twenty-two Christmases ago, our son was three years old; our daughter was 6 months. I remember sitting under the tree, watching husband and son opening gifts; watching baby girl google at the soft blanket in her chubby hands. I smiled and thought, “Now, our family is complete.”

Fast forward 22 years and I smile once more, realizing how wrong I had been. This year will be the last year we are a family of four. Nicole’s fiancé, Kyle joins our family at the end of the month. Next Christmas our family will be a family of five. And one day—God willing—there will be a wife for our son. And grandchildren, too. 

That reminds me of Jesus.  

No doubt, when baby Jesus was born, Father God smiled down on the earth. But surely He didn’t say, “Now, my family is complete.”  

Father God knew that because of Jesus, there would be millions of souls who would be adopted into His family. In fact, God’s family will only be complete at one point in the future; on a date no one but He knows; growing larger each moment, day, month, year, millennium.  

Meanwhile, we celebrate being adopted into God’s family with our earthly families and friends—made possible by the birth of baby Jesus.  

I like to think of Jesus googling at the soft blanket in his chubby hands that Christmas morn, and thinking, “Now my family begins.” 

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for adopting me into your family and for sending Jesus to make it possible. Thank you for the gift of your heart—Jesus. Amen.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Is your family still growing? Have you added anyone new this year?


chris said...

"now my family begins" - love that one Carol !!

Yes, we have sweet baby Emma (I just call her baby M).

you can see her glowing picture here...

Hope you have the best blesse day Carol :)

From Carols Quill said...

@ Chris - what a beautiful baby girl! Her eyes smile!

chris said...

thanks Carol, she is so precious, I need to see her every couple of days or I really miss her (and her mommy too!)!!

Pam B. said...

My niece has been married for about 16 years. They had totally given up on her having a baby. They had a trip to Hawaii in March and afterwards were shocked to discover she was pregnant and about a week ago she had a 5 lb. 1 oz. little boy, about a month early but he is now home and doing well. This miracle baby is all the more special because my niece's mother died of breast cancer this year, not making it to the baby's birth but so happy to know her precious daughter was going to have a son. This baby has brought joy and distraction in a time of sadness. God is good.

From Carols Quill said...

@ Pam - that is such a wonderful story. Life continues through families. God definitely is good!