Today is December 21st four days before Christmas and I feel as if I've had to catch up to the holidays. My husband and I only recently put up our tree, last week to be exact. The last few weeks have been about non-stop working and I haven't really had the chance to take it all in. Two weeks ago though our small group at church sang Christmas songs and we ate soup and corn bread together and that was Christmas to me. I looked around the room and I felt like I was with my family. My blood relatives are far, some in NY and others in Florida so small group is really all I have here in TN. It was such a sweet time.
I read an interesting article today on cbs.com that also warmed my heart. A man apparently found cash in the same Home Depot two days in a row and returned it to the store managers. Instead of taking it home with him he gave it to store employees. Apparently there was a wallet with $1000 in it. But this man decided to be honest and the wallet's owner received it back. How nice that in a world full of violence and chaos that there are still stories that deal with honesty.
To me that's what Christmas is all about. It's not about the material things or the presents we did or didn't get. It's about celebrating with the ones you love. It's about forgetting offenses and helping and reaching out to one another. In the midst of my own personal, mostly financial struggles I am encouraged to know that there are still people in this world who have integrity. These are the things that we all should focus on during the holidays. Myself included.