Today my husband is at the funeral of a friend of ours.
We had only known him for the last 10 years but we have know his wife for over 40 years.
It was a sad event to go to but also a time of the Hope I mentioned yesterday because he was a Christian and so are we and we know of the Hope we have in Jesus which is nothing like the way we use the word hope in daily life when we are just wishing something will happen.
He has gained that Hope, he is now united with Jesus in Heaven and is part of the Joy that Paul talks about in Hebrews 12 v 2
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God
So what am I doing for Christmas today?
I am finishing off thank you letters to put in with the cards I am sending to some old friends in South Korea and some new friends we met there this summer. Soon they will be all ready to be posted off together to our daughter Linda for her to distribute there.
I am thankful to these friends for their hospitality to our family when we all visited their country this year and I am also thankful for their kindness to our daughter in this far away country.
Just as I am thankful for the good Christian friends we have made here in this new area of our home country. We have only been living here for 3 years now yet we are so well settled and happy in our church and home.
What else am I doing today?
I didn't go with my husband today as I am recovering from a throat infection and a 2 hour car journey there and then home again plus a church service and then standing at a graveside would not have been good for me.
Instead I am spending some time thinking about the Hope I have been talking about and praying for my old friend who will miss her husband very much.
Also continuing with my Advent Bible Reading mentioned yesterday.
What are you doing for Christmas today?
Are you thankful today?