Yes, we try to present our best selves on our Christmas cards, blogs, etc., but it's important that everyone remember it's not the whole truth. I get caught up every once in a while, looking at a blog/Instagram/whatever and thinking about how shiny and perfect that person's life must be. Then I remember I know what that person's life is like...shiny sometimes and much-less-than-shiny at others.
The most important thing is to remember that God chose this place and time for His Incarnation. There is a point to that. He chose humility over grandness because we are to be humble in our desire to be like Him. The King of the Universe born in a stable? It does sound crazy...until you remember He chose it for Himself. He wants us to be like Him (see me leaving it at that? no rants today. You're welcome ;0) )
If you were to ask the deacon's godbrother, he would remind you that today is also his feast day. St. John, Pray for Us!
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So, as we gather for our evening prayer for vocations around what has become our Holy Family shrine (thanks to my lovely friend for sending us the beautiful Holy Family that we don't have to pass on!) we will think of my mom and dad, and dh's family and all of the generations of family who have brought us to this place. As we look over and pray for the many nuns, priests, brothers, deacons and seminarians that we have recorded on our "vocations poster" we will give thanks to their families as well...for supporting their call to carry on the joy of the holy family by being extended family to those of us trying to follow Him. Their guidance is essential.
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We are blessed.