Tomorrow early afternoon, I will be heading back to spend Christmas with the folks. Blog readers! You can rest assured! I do plan on writing a Christmas Eve blog before I head out. However, tonight, I’d like to write about exactly what it means to me to say that I’m heading back.
Now I do keep some secrecy on here about my personal information, but I consider myself as one who has come from a small town and my family is certainly not wealthy. However, as I look around me, I am amazed. I have a nice computer and nearby me is a huge game collection. When I walk in my bedroom, there are several bookcases filled with books. I come from a poor family, but I consider myself in material possessions wealthy.
I fear sounding like I’m bragging, but I do believe that I have been blessed with an intellect. I have been told by people that I have a gift of writing and that I am skilled at debates. I am the biggest doubter of this that there is, but if the public says so, then who am I to disagree?
It makes me marvel being here at the Seminary and being known to professors and our great president as well. Lord. Why me? I’m just a simple guy from a small town. I do not see anything special about me. Why is it that you have blessed me with so many things that I do not deserve? Yet here I am.
This is the first time I’ll be driving a long way for Christmas and I’ve already told my mother to remember that I have a steel rod on my spine and please don’t tackle me when you see me. It’s been nearly three months for her but she has held up well. She’s reached a point at least where she’s not calling me every day.
I look forward to our big Christmas Eve gathering and having all the family gather around and just wanting to know about my move. This is my extended family as well with my grandmother, my aunt, my uncle, and my cousins in addition to my folks, my sister, and her brother-in-law.
We also go to a family that has been kind of like my mother’s adopted family for a long time. I suspect that I will receive a lot of questions as well. I also know though that someone last year received a copy of the Da Vinci Code so maybe I could get the gift of an interesting discussion.
I miss leaving my roommate behind, but I’m sure he’ll do fine without me. I realize when I write that that God has blessed me with so many friends. People seem to like me for some odd reason and it just blows my mind. Again, I really don’t see it. I suppose this is as good a time as any to mention this.
Many of you have been with me even before I started this blog. Some of you read it faithfully and even have it linked from your own websites and blogs. Then there are people like my college president and my old church back home. There’s of course, my current church.
So many of you are so kind to me and if I really took the time to take in all that you said, I’d really be a whole lot better, though I’d probably break down emotionally as I don’t think I deserve the kindness you have heaped on me. However, I greatly appreciate it. Sometimes, little things you do and say help keep me going.
I’ll publicly say to my roommate thank you for helping me out with so much. It’s really been an eye-opening experience to live with someone else like this other than family and it seems many times that adventure is just right around our door. Things have been odd at times, but in the end, I know you’ve always been there and I’m a better person today because you’re in my life. I pray for your blessing every night. You deserve it.
I fear if I keep going, I will never stop writing like this. It might not be a bad thing, but hey, I’ve got plans for the evening. I pray as I rest tonight that I’ll keep in mind everything. As I think about how I started with my material wealth and ended with talking about my friends, I have no doubt which is greater. My friends mean far more to me than anything else in this world. Of course, Christ is most important to me, but I am pleased he blessed me with so many people. So many times when you’re so kind I want to ask “Why?” but I think I know what you’d say. I’d probably deny it, but I know what you’d say.
Merry Christmas everyone. See you in the morning!