Thankful Thursday- Christmases Past

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Christmas past is sometimes a difficult thing for me to think about, as my childhood was not typical and the holidays can be a painful reminder of that. My father was very “religious” (not at all spiritual) and had joined a sect of a certain denomination whose beliefs are not biblically based. The result was a very controlling, abusive environment (under the guise of God’s will) and holidays were not celebrated due to their “pagan” roots.

For years I was in bondage to the pain and resentment that growing up that way produced. I was walking around with unhealed wounds that I didn’t allow Christ to heal. I became lost in the commercialism of holidays, not just Christmas, when I became a mom because I was determined that my kids were going to experience “normal” life.

Today, as I reflect on those past Christmases, I am first and foremost thankful for the healing blood of Jesus Christ. I am thankful that He has wiped every tear from my eye (Isaiah 25) and given me the ability to accept forgiveness and to extend forgiveness. I have restored relationships with many family members due to the power of the Holy Spirit living in me.

Second, I am thankful that through healing and setting me free from this area of bondage that I am able to enjoy the true meaning of this holiday. Isaiah 30:15 promises that if you come back to God and trust him you are saved and through him you are strong. I am strong enough, through him, to have allowed him to heal deep wounds, so that I can focus on the greatest gift of all- the gift of Jesus Christ.

Remember that babe–that loved us enough to become one of us, born (not in the glory and comfort that he deserved but) in a cave surrounded by livestock. Born with the knowledge that he was coming to die for the sins of those thousands of years from even being born. Born to save us from every bondage and set us free. Born to show the way to eternal life and provide the ultimate sacrafice on our behalf.

Thank you, Jesus, for that act of mercy and compassion so many years ago. Thank you for loving me. Merry CHRISTmas.

Comments

  1. Bless you preciuous one, merry Christmas.

  2. Thank you for sharing your past. As I did not share mine. I used a side show of this past year of joy and healing for me. I let my hope of having a loving caring Mom go so I can heal. I only share this with you and who ever reads it here. As we have a little in common. As in not the best of childhood. And our kids were raised with love and kindness.
    Bless you. And Merry Christmas.

  3. Melissa, thank you for sharing from your heart. Not all Christmas pasts are pleasant. I’m so thankful that God is grace and truth. And His love is so special. I’m glad that you’re able to create your own special Christmases with your family. May the Lord bless you.

  4. How grateful I am that you are willing to open your heart and share it with us. I am humbled by your post. I am so thankful that God pursued you and showed you His true nature and continues to grow and heal you each day. May this Christmas be blessed and may your 2009 be blessed even more!!

  5. Amen sister. Merry Christmas!

  6. Diana - FreeStyleMama says:

    Merry Christmas!

  7. He And Me + 3 says:

    Thank you for sharing and I hope that your Christmas was a blessed one this year! Merry Christmas!

  8. That was a great post. It humbles me to know that Christmas means so much to so many of us….we haven’t all had the same past but we do have the greatest future together in eternity. Merry Christmas!

  9. Named Alicia says:

    Amen my friend! Thanks for sharing. Oddly enough, Christmas are the few good memories I have of childhood. I think that is why I try to make it so special for my son. I hope you had a special day with your family. Merry Christmas my friend! May God continue to bless you and your family in the new year ahead!

  10. Thanks for sharing such a personal story!

    It’s not always easy to rid yourself of the ties of the past, and to see it clearly. So I applaud you for doing so.

  11. You have a beautiful blog and are an amazing writer!

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