Thursday, December 23, 2010

celebrate me home

So things have been a little crazy since I returned home via American Airlines on Saturday afternoon from Chihuahua. My time has been consumed by my friends, family, sleep, and shopping. And it has been good. I have endured a little culture shock and have noticed some new things about myself, one being that my eyes go immediately to the Spanish on signs in the airport, and another being that I feel weird being able to eavesdrop and understand everything people around me are saying. My ears are piqued for Spanish, and my heart skips a beat when I hear someone speaking in the language with which I have been surrounded for these past four months. 

I'm sitting here on my bed with It's A Wonderful Life on in the background just thinking about how much things have changed since I last saw this movie. I watch it every Christmas all by my lonesome because no one else in my family can appreciate this classic display of cinematic genius. 

A little bit ago I read a quote that has stuck with me. I cannot remember where it came from; I think it was in Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist, but I am not sure. Anyways, it went something like this: "There's nothing like returning to a familiar place to find that things have stayed the same, yet you yourself have changed." And I have found that to be true. East Cobb is pretty much the same. A few new stores here and there and some changes made to our house, but things at home have kept on going. People have kept on working. And yet I have changed so much in these past four months. The Lord has taught me so many valuable lessons about Himself, myself, and our relationship with one another. And I honestly wouldn't trade it for the world. I love my life and I love my God. And I am truly grateful for the life that I am privileged to lead. 

Merry Christmas. May your time with your family and friends be blessed, and may you immerse yourself in the love of the One who came to live and die for you 2,000 years ago. 

For to us a child is born,
   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.
 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. 
-Isaiah 9:6-7

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