Monday, 10 December 2007

Christmas Wishes

I wasn't sure what to write about today until I visited Beverly at Tea Time and Roses and read this post. She writes about longing: waiting and wishing for something and how when it finally happens; sometimes it is in a totally unexpected form. If our hearts are not open to allow our dreams to be realized; we can miss an opportunity that presents itself because it is not in the form that we expected. To quote from Beverly's post: 'Sometimes we want something so badly, when it does not match the vision in our heads, we toss it aside even though it screams everything we ever wanted.'

At this time of year, it is easy to get caught up in the frenzy of Christmas preparations and to forget the true meaning of Christmas. It is also too easy to feel deprived if we can't afford all that the retailers are telling us we need or should want.

We all have hopes and dreams but time teaches us that our lives do not always turn out as we expected. The important thing is to remember that we should be open to these opportunities ~ they may come in the form of a chance meeting with a stranger; an act of kindness to someone in need or the support of a loved one who believes in us.

Three Christmases ago I saw a shooting star on a lonely hillside in North Yorkshire ~ it was a couple of nights before Christmas and we had been out for the evening. Driving home to our rented cottage on the Moors; we stopped to stare at the magnificence of the night-time sky. Away from the light pollution of the cities, we were able to see more stars than I could have imagined. The sky was inky black and the stars shone brightly ~ it was cold and we did not linger long, but just as we were about to return to the car; a bright light shot across the sky.

I made a Christmas wish that night and I am still waiting for it to come true, but I try to remember to be open to the possibility that it may not happen as I expect and to keep believing. I have the support of a very special person who believes in me and who has supported me on my journey and for this I am truly grateful. I know that without him, I would not have made it this far.


Anonymous said...

A lovely post, Marie! It's sometimes so hard to remember that God's plan may not be "our" plan but if we put our trust in Him, He'll lead us to the very thing we need. I've never, ever seen a falling star! How wonderful! ~ hugs, Lynda xo

Tracy said...

May your heart's wish come true. Blessing come when we least expect them. The in the meantime can be seen as a way to prepare ourselves for what it is we meditate on. Nothing like a falling start to set us dreaming...((HUGS))

Tea Time and Roses said...

Lovely post Marie! So honored you enjoyed this post... Amazing, just a few days ago Honey and I were driving along the coast line and behold a beautiful star shoots across the sky! It was so bright so lovely...I was in awe that we were just in time to see it! It is so amazing, no matter where we live on this great planet earth. God equally shares the wonder of His creation with all of us. And what is even more amazing, as Lynda said He will always lead if we will humbly follow.

Merry Christmas