New International Version (NIV)
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.
Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in all of the madness of the holidays. What madness you ask? Here’s a small taste of the madness around my house:
My ex was engaged to (see if you can follow this) my deceased cousin’s baby’s mom. He broke it off about a month ago. Now, my grandparents, my cousin (the deceased cousin’s brother) and his wife and daughter, as well as my aunt (the mom of the deceased cousin) and her fiance are not coming to my house for Christmas. They are going to the baby’s mom’s house instead…because they don’t want her to be alone…or whatever version they are coming up with at the time. I personally think that is ridiculous for many reasons. 1) I still had to be around my ex and so did my now husband at every single family gathering of any kind, AND I wasn’t allowed to complain or talk about my wedding or anything else in front of my ex because “it might hurt his feelings”. 2) What is really going to happen? It is a house full of people, and it’s not like he’s going to hurt her or cause a scene (he doesn’t have the balls for that) 3) She needs to grow up!! 4) They went out to dinner just last week to discuss things so it’s not like she totally can’t stand him.
Anywho…There will still be around 25+ people at my house, and there are so many other things that I will be focusing on instead of their drama. Most importantly, I will NOT lose the real focus of this season: Jesus Christ. Without Jesus, there is no Christmas. It is all just shopping, money stress, and drama. That is NOT what Christmas is all about. Take away all the wrapping paper, lights, presents, and food, and we are still left with the true spirit and meaning of Christmas…our Savior.