Whew! What a whirlwind of this month of December!! Christmas is just a few short days away! 2012 is looming right around the corner and I can't even believe this year is almost done and over. Crazy fast, but at the same time.....mind-numbingly slow! Depends on what perspective I'm taking on any given day.
This week was filled with lots of prayers from loved ones, friends and sometimes just mere acquaintances who've held us up to the Lord in hopes of hearing something wonderful about PandaJoy's case. Wednesday was the day that three judges read the appeal and determined that they would uphold the decision made back in May of this year to terminate the birth father's rights of PJ.
One catch, though.
Isn't there always a catch with us? So seems like it.
We have to wait until December 29 because some blah, blah, blah happened back in the summer and it's a legal thing that gives the birth father ONE.MORE.WAY to delay this adoption. He can't change the decision that was upheld, but he can make us keep waiting. Crazy, crazy system. Crazy.
Meanwhile in the real world where we are raising the child in question, life is moving so quickly through all the hustle & bustle of the Christmas season. Yes, I totally said hustle & bustle. That's exactly the right wording for it. Every day is filled with a huge to do list and lots of it has nothing to do with Christmas.
We've made a point to really show the girls that Christmas really, really is about Jesus and all the other fluff & stuff is just that.....superfluous.
This Sunday our little foursome gets to light the advent candle, PandaPop talks a minute or two about the way to be social with our faith in the Christmas season and I'm reading a Scripture from the Holy Bible. Not the kind of social that's just more of that fluff & stuff, but really meeting people eye-to-eye at the check-out line and making a real live person contact. Real people stuff. Jesus was like that. He liked for people to know he cared and that they mattered.
Stop and talk to someone who is clearly working diligently through the madness of the commercial side of Christmas. BE Jesus to them even in a small moment. God sees you doing it no matter how the other person reacts. Be friendly and alert and aware and observant and present. Be Jesus for someone who needs him.