Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Neighborhood Chronciles: The Day After Christmas

The sun has made its triumphant return to our neighborhood. Wind, snow and rain might not show their sometimes nasty faces again. Albeit, one should not talk too soon since there is a slight breeze. It is about 70 degrees Fahrenheit and the children are running in the streets with puppies, and kittens and new toys.

The Gatekeeper had a peaceful Christmas. She realized one wondrous thing. Christmas should be celebrated every day. As one might suppose it could have been a tragic day for Lady Gatekeep but Jesus took a firm hold of her heart and reminded her of his humble birth--a King mind you in a stable. There was a scene in our small animal park down the dusty street which captured that moment. Sheep, donkeys, goats (zebras, buffaloes were also present) gathered around a manger filled with straw. It was like they knew something we had forgotten.

Young Lord Layne was not with us. He was with his father. It is the sad part of divorce (amongst other things) but it was important for him to be with Dad. And if Mr. Dad has done anything right (and yes, there have been plenty of those) he has been a loving father (please send check in mail, jk!).

Princess College Girl stayed home with me as we opened our one gift to each other under a very sad Christmas tree. 'Twas actually funny--we could not find the ornaments. This year's tree had only lights. But it was indeed a festival of lights in our castle. Lady Gatekeeper was shocked however, to find that said children had spent their own money to buy me an Ipod. It's what LG had been hinting for.

In any case, I realized that we were extremely joyful even though we were alone (Oma and Opa were there of course). Perhaps it was just another day because we did not get caught up in the Christmas shopping and business of the season but remembered that the One we were celebrating was with us and that He had been with us all year round. May the true Lord of our Universe be with you still and keep all our hearts filled with joy.

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed(Psalm 20:4).


Sharon Lynne said...

Yes...all that Christmas hustle and bustle and presents and shopping can leave one feeling quite empty.

You have the most important things. Loved ones to be with. (dear son was gone...but he was in the right place.)

May this season continue to bring you the truest blessings!

The Gatekeeper said...

Thanks SL. I pray for many blessings for you and your family also. Love ya, my friend.

Naomi said...

Christmas is such a busy time and has become so commercialised, it's so easy for people to forget the real meaning. Sounds like you had a nice Christmas with your daughter Gatekeeper, even though your son couldn't be with you. Wishing you and your family good health and happiness for the coming year!

P.S. Hope you enjoy you Ipod

Janey Loree said...

Happy New Year Gatekeeper! We have a new year full of blessings to look forward to!! In 2007, you were one of those blessings along with Sharon Lynne!!!

Lady G~ said...

What a blessing that you were able to have some bonding time with Princess College Girl. I'm sure Yong Lord Layne missed you.

You are right, people really get caught up with buying gifts instead of focusing on what Christmas is all about. Sad indeed.

Hoping you have a blessed New Year!