This past Friday, (12/22) I started getting sick. By that evening I was in bed with a fever of over 102 and was completely down for the count. I was congested and my head was feeling like it was going to explode. This was not good heading into a weekend full of planned events at our home and visits to some of our families homes for Christmas.
I lost my taste and smell and pretty much knew I had covid. I took a test and it was positive. Saturday I felt a lot better in the afternoon, and then went downhill in the evening and was miserable all day Sunday. It was a rough few days. To make matters worse, our 4 year old got very sick and is still down now.
This evening I am still under the weather, recovering, I still have a small fever and little to no energy. It really threw a wrench into our Christmas plans. We were pretty bummed on Saturday evening when we began to realize that we were going to have to cancel plans for Christmas Eve at our house with family and plans for Christmas day at my in-laws.
But I have to say, this turned out to be a great Christmas! I was unable to go to church, but Janel and most of the kids went (I stayed home with our sick 4 year old and our 2 year old). We were able to hang out just by ourselves all Christmas Eve. We woke up this morning, prayed together, read the story of the birth of Jesus from Luke and then I got the pure joy of watching the kids open their presents.
There isn't much in this world that brings me more joy than seeing the faces of my wife and children when they open a gift. I could care less if I ever get another gift for Christmas, just let me see their faces and enjoy the blessing of watching them smile. It doesn't get much better than that.
So as I'm sitting here tonight typing this, I am really thankful for this Christmas season. It put things back in perspective for me. Christmas is about the Babe in a manger. The One who came to save sinners like me. It's about joy. It's about sharing in that joy with family. And when it doesn't go your way, you can still have that joy.
I can honestly say, I am filled with joy this evening. Even through the coughing and head pounding! God has blessed me this Christmas. More than I could have ever imagined. I praise His Mighty Name!
Wherever you are, just know that Jesus came and you can be filled with Joy!
Merry Christmas Y'all! -Steve
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. -Romans 15:13