Christmas isn’t over!

I decided to put the Christmas decorations away today. The Christmas chocolates are almost all gone, and I needed to clear everything away to really get into gear for the new year.

As I was carefully winding the lights around the piece of cardboard, I heard the postman dropping a few letters through the letterbox. There was a letter for my husband and two others from Alder Hey Hospital. One was the usual letter we get after a cardiology appointment giving a summary of the last appointment (Dec 2021). A copy of this is also sent to our GP.

I had a feeling what the other letter was as i cautiously opened it, an appointment for a CT scan in three weeks time. This scan requires him to go under a general anaesthetic with the possibility of an overnight stay.

Christmas seemed very much over in my mind as it began processing this next step. The CT scan needs to happen before the next open heart surgery to aid the cardiologists in building a full picture of what they need to do.

These appointments just stop me in my tracks. They make it hard to think about anything else, do anything else. But then I had a sudden thought, Christmas isn’t actually over.

Christmas is about hope. Hope in Jesus. And that’s what has gotten us through life thus far. Hope. If we don’t have hope, and hope in Jesus Christ, then what do we have?

Christmas has been a time to pause and breath from the usual busy pace of life. It has been a time for us to reflect on our faith, on Jesus and what he has done for us.

Jesus’ birth was a new chapter in God’s plan to end suffering. Jesus was sent to save us from our sin, his birth was essential for this plan. (I am aware December 25th was not the exact day Jesus was born, but it sure is a great time to celebrate our saviours birth!)

Christmas may be over but the meaning and sentiment is present in our lives every day. We honour and celebrate Jesus in our lives daily.

As we enter this next season, preparing for our sons surgery, we hold on to that hope. The hope that Christmas reminded us of.

Amber x

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

1 Peter 1:3-7

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