Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Great Christmas stories

Some wonderful Christmas stories out there on the blogsphere. One of my favorites is from Fish who didn't tell an especially dramatic story, but told a wonderful American family story.

I wrote a reply to him and thought I might post some of it here:

I spent a many Christmases alone or alone in a crowd.

Christmas is one of those holidays that reflect how you live your life. If you want love and warmth and peace on Christmas, the only way to get it is to live sanely, happily, lovingly in the company of your family the rest of the year. You can't fake it at Christmas. You always end up with the Christmas you deserve.

It took me a long time to get that message and only time and solitude and sadness made me change myself and my life. God can be a severe teacher and he won't hesitate to send his children into the wilderness if that is what they need.

So many people who are lazy or incompetent in life just haven't really been in the wilderness. They make things bad for themselves, and God approves, and then humans go and make things comfortable for them again. And then those sad people never have happy families or happy Christmases. Some people just have to wander in the wilderness. I'm glad I did.


Blogger Gayle said...

I haven't read Fish's post yet, but will when I get some time. I must go cook lunch for my crew!

I haven't posted anything new, but I'm visiting a few blogging friends in order to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year. I hope your Christmas was wonderful and your New Year will be blessed!

11:33 AM  
Blogger Fish-2 said...

I don't believe I've ever met a person that didn't have to "wander in the wilderness" at one time or another. Some of us learn from the experiences and rise above it, and others keep throwing themselves back into the wilderness.

I'm glad you were able to rise above it too.

11:01 PM  

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