“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given…”(Is.9:6, NKJV)
Two days from now on Christmas Day, we will be caught up in a sea of pandemonium as squealing children rush to the tree and tear open one gift after another in an excited frenzy.
We will again ooh and ah over Aunt Mae’s green bean salad or laugh at Uncle Herman’s silly jokes as we gather around the table to consume a prodigious amount of delightful food.
Shouts of victory or groans of defeat will emanate from the crowd huddled in the living room as football fans watch the games on TV.
Beneath the fanfare and gaiety of the holiday lies the undercurrent of the real meaning of Christmas.
Jesus is the reason for the season.
A child has arrived on Earth, God’s own son, the manifestation of God Himself. A Savior has been given, not to condemn the world, but to save the world. All who believe in Him are promised eternal life.
Two of the characters in my Christmas novella, Cathy’s Christmas Confession, appear only briefly in the story. However, they open my main character’s eyes to a startling reality.
Cathy Fischer becomes acutely aware of a hurting and hungry world when she realizes there are people who do not know about Jesus.
Her desire to bring hope and joy to others during the Christmas season, despite their pain, leads her to take a closer look at herself and the influence she has on the lives of others.
She doesn’t realize it is the subtle, small things we do in our daily actions that lead others to Jesus.
What will your friends and loved learn about Jesus from you this Christmas?
Happy Jesus’s birthday!
By author Patti Shene Gonzales
Blurb for Cathy’s Christmas Confession
Christmas is not a time of joy for the hurting.
During a snowstorm, widow Cathy Fischer creams a stop sign on her way to work at the Christmas Ridge Community Church. Acquaintance David Martin stops to help. Cathy sees signs of deep grief in David, a recent widower. She reaches out with support in an attempt to help David through this most difficult first Christmas without his beloved wife.
David Martin struggles with grief over the death of his wife. He blames God for her rapid demise after her cancer diagnosis. Cathy reaches out to him with compassion and support and soon enlists him in her mission to bring joy to others at Christmas. Will their joint quest restore David’s faith?
David needs to turn loose of the past and embrace his future. Cathy has a confession to make to the entire community that may give David a different perspective of who she really is. Will her confession set her free?
Does God have plans in mind for the two of them they did not anticipate?
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Patti Shene Gonzales hosts Step Into the Light, a weekly interview style podcast, where guests share their journey out of darkness or ways they lead others back to light. She hosts writers on her two blogs, Patti’s Porch and The Over 50 Writer. Patti is published in two anthologies and local publications and has three novels in progress. She enjoys writing, reading, critiquing, and spending time with family and friends. Patti lives in Colorado with her devoted feline companion, Duncan. Cathy’s Christmas Confession is her first novella.
Visit Patti at her website www.pattishene.co
Amen! Thank you, Sherry, for sharing! Merry Christmas!!! 🙂
Patti, Thank you so much for the reminder that the small things we do in our everyday lives really do make a difference. May we seek His will and show His love in all that we do. (I look forward to reading your novella.)
Amen! Thank you, Patti, for writing a beautiful blog celebrating the birth of our Savior! And thank you, too, for using your writing talent for Him!!! Merry Christmas!!! <3
Erma, thank you so much for hosting me today. May you and your readers have a blessed Happy Jesus’s birthday!