With

This is the final Five Minute Friday for 2018. What are your thoughts as the year ends?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twice a year I’m torn at Christmas time. Presently we are in Texas for a month’s stay during college break. Why Texas when most of our children are at home in Upstate New York?

I know this now… a dilemma in which other parents find themselves… grown children move away from home. I’ve heard of it often and suffered a pang of sadness, and a bit of anxiety—this could happen to us.

And then it happened to us.

I can’t have my cake and eat it too, I think. I can’t be with all of them at Christmas, and for the moment, we are making an uncomfortable trade-off. Enjoying sun and warmth away from cold and gloomy winter in New York.

Ft. Martin Scott

As I was packing for the trip, my heart was ready to be in Texas, while torn to stay home. Visiting one family means leaving five others, and the familiar places, and sights of snow and cold that I am used to.

In my heart, my children are all with me. Having forgotten the pain of childbirth, but not the bond. I am a visual person. I need to see them, hug them, hear them speak.

Though we do not see the body of Christ, he is here with us in spirit. Our deepest longings are not satisfied with anything but Him. It is the crux of our being. It is how we were created.

Mid-January we will travel back home and the heart will be torn again by separation. Nothing will do to solve this but one day we will reach the heavenly home. Separation will be no more and our longing will be complete.

“Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.”

― Saint Patrick

A merry Christmas to you all, and a blessed New Year!

 

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6 thoughts on “With

  1. Fellow Texan (Houston) here visiting from FMF ❤️
    This is my first Christmas with officially grown children and having to share with those OTHER families 😂 – my heart aches but it does make me all the more grateful for the time we DO have together. I LOVED your inclusion of the St. Patrick poem… Christ IS all around and with us always!
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Diane, you’ve done such an amazing job of keeping up with this daily Advent challenge.
    And expressing the with-ness of our love for our kids–so true. I’m incredibly blessed that none of my kids have moved away from Maine [yet] and your words make me want to hug them a little tighter when I see them.

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