A Christmas Blessing
Lynn Horton is a freelance writer and editor who in another lifetime taught English and Creative Writing at McIntosh High School and later worked in the Starr’s Mill High School Media Center.

A Christmas Blessing

Lynn Horton is a freelance writer and editor who in another lifetime taught English and Creative Writing at McIntosh High School and later worked in the Starr’s Mill High School Media Center.

Oh My! Busy, busy time. I am sure every one of you is feeling as dizzy as I do just trying to keep the December schedule from overwhelming your life. To Do Lists. Parties. Shopping. Decorating. Gift wrapping. Baking. Christmas Cards to write and mail! Oh my. Oh my. No one wants to bring the holiday season toppling over onto them like a giant Christmas tree. The image of glittery ornaments, bright lights, ropes of tinsel and imitation snow showering over my little gray head is a picture of me trying to juggle all the Good things I Want to do, plus all the Necessary things I Must do just to keep from being lost under the all glitter and glow that is Christmas.
Amid the hustle and bustle, all the rush and rustle, all the fun, delicious and delightful things that captivate and spark our imaginations at this glorious time of the year, our lives have been brought to a giant, velvet Stop! To a soft, glowing Halt! Our family has been taken by surprise. Away from the seasonal parties, the choirs and caroling, the fruitcake and the fudge, away from friends and flings. Away TO something more wonder-filled than the Hallmark movies that happily run 12 hours a day at our house!!!
What could be more wonderful than the picture I just described? Well, listen:
It was a fine day. No matter that the local weatherman called for rain all day long, or that my house was suffering from morning after, Christmas party leftovers. No matter that the White Elephant gift exchange had left wads of tissue paper behind sofa tables, empty bags scattered about, and tinsel all over the breakfast room floor as well. No matter. There was little that could mar this very special day. This was the day that our beautiful young teen granddaughter would be baptized!
A very talented actress, Erin, has been consistently performing in musical theatre for several years (and has been “acting” since she could walk and talk); she has a lovely singing voice, and we have learned that she is now using her voice to honor God in the music program at the Peachtree City United Methodist Church.
It has been a longtime, very specific prayer, at first from Bill and I, then from our Sunday School Class, and finally from our Wednesday prayer group that God would send some young friend who would show Erin the way to the cross, a friend who would point her in the direction of Jesus who was eagerly waiting at the door to welcome her into the family of God.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7) And so it was.
That young friend was a pretty young woman named Taylor who was partnered with Erin in her sophomore science lab at the beginning of this school term; a new friend who shared her faith and her phone number. Then it was a youth retreat, then Bible study, and service opportunities and more fun youth activities. She was led closer and closer, and deeper and deeper into His heart through a fine young friend whom God had sent, and it was the awesome power of prayer that delivered her into His arms.
There were many more young people Sunday morning along with two rows of excited family members who joined in congratulating and in welcoming Erin into her new church family. Their smiles were warm and their hugs sincere. We know they have played an important role in our granddaughter’s life, as has Pastor Steve. Erin speaks very warmly of the senior minister and of the youth pastor we know were instrumental in her taking this giant step. I trust that Taylor and others will stay close to our precious girl as she begins this lifelong walk of Faith. And we know there will be others. We are grateful to all of you.
But it was the Baby Jesus, the Messiah, Christ our Lord, Jesus the One and Only who is responsible for assuring that this beautiful young life will have an eternal life. Praise Him all people here below, Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
I want to wish a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to all my friends and family. And to all the readers who I do not personally know, may the Peace and Joy of His love warm your hearts for:
“Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6