Merry (after) Christmas!

I hope your Christmas was merry and bright! Mine was a mixture of laughter and tears, but still a wonderful day.

The blogging has been lacking the last three weeks due to finishing up my production of Peter Pan and also dealing with some personal issues. But I hope to return in full force next week.

In the meantime, here is a Christmas carol that fits well with the purpose of the blog: encouraging us to keep blooming.

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as men of old have sung.
It came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

Isaiah ‘twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind;
Mary we behold it, the Virgin Mother kind.
To show God’s love aright, she bore to us a Savior,
When half spent was the night.

The shepherds heard the story proclaimed by angels bright,
How Christ, the Lord of glory was born on earth this night.
To Bethlehem they sped and in the manger they found Him,
As angel heralds said.

This Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor the darkness everywhere;
True man, yet very God, from sin and death He saves us,
And lightens every load.

As a Christian, I find encouragement in the fact that my Lord and my God came down to earth as a baby, that He experienced the hardships of life, that He sacrificed Himself for me, and that He rose from the dead a victorious conqueror, the first fruits of the dead. He has fought the fight for me and won so I can press on, confident in Him that He is going to help me bloom into the person He has called me to be.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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