A very Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!!
I had it all planned out in my mind a few weeks back. We would invite a family from our church and celebrate Christmas lunch with them. It would be a feast with several Asian main courses, some appetizers and for dessert - authentic Christmas Pudding imported from England which we brought back home from our last trip! I was really excited with preparing the menu and activities and was looking forward to having an enjoyable dinner and a great time of fellowship.
But, alas, it wasn't meant to be. Instead of having a lovely Christmas dinner with family and friends, above was my Christmas lunch - gluten-free english muffin with fried egg sandwich and 3 arancini balls. Quite a departure from the Asian feast I imagined! LOL. Don't get me wrong, that is one of my favorite breakfast food and hubby lovingly prepared it for me!
Perhaps you're wondering why it didn't pan out as planned. Well, a few days ago I was hospitalized. My blood pressure was elevated (really high) which affected my vision and as a result I had to stay in the hospital for 3 days. By God's grace, I am now at home and taking some medication to control it. I had been under a lot of stress this year with the big move we had, figuring out which school to send our kids to and, recently, the passing away of my father-in-law which necessitated an emergency trip to England for a month and yeah -- all the while -- blogging, too. There was just too much going on that I guessed my body just sort of gave up.
Days after I left the hospital and even now, I don't feel fully recovered yet in the sense that I still feel quite weak, tired and sometimes light-headed. I think it has to do with the side effects of the medicines too or perhaps I am just getting really old!! LOL. Anyway, sadly we had to cancel our Christmas lunch and make do with Plan B - which was no plan really! :) I can't stay on my feet for a long time yet (I accompanied hubby for a quick Christmas shopping the other day and that totally wiped me out) so I can hardly cook but, thankfully, hubby makes the best sandwiches so we are good and won't get hungry!!! :)
So being house-bound for now...it made me think and ponder...what kind of Christmas did I have? I did cry a little and felt a little sorry for myself to be honest. I didn't even make it to church as I still felt exhausted, having been awakened at 4 am and not getting a good night's rest which didn't help my already not very good state.
However, as I sat on the couch in the afternoon I grabbed my favorite devotional book and turned to Christmas Day. Oh, did the Lord have a great message for me. He reminded me of his immense love for us.
It brought home what I took for granted - the essence of Christmas. I had to be reminded that while, it may not have been the best Christmas ever for me - it wasn't about me at all. It was about Christ who took on the likeness of man and voluntarily endured humiliation, lots of rejection and total sacrifice on the cross so I can fully experience the unshakeable and immense love of the Father even while here on earth and especially in heaven.
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas day with your family!