On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Three French Macaroons
This season for me is all about love and sharing with family! I love to see my family come together to celebrate with food and presents, but mostly to remember the miracle of Jesus’ birth. I am tremendously blessed because I have a very loving family who enjoys Christmas and gets together every year.
A few weeks ago my mom came to visit me. Both of us love coffee, and we have a tradition of waking up early to have a cup of coffee and enjoy any sort of pastries. I am obsessed with French macaroons, and I decided to buy some to share with my mom.
She LOVED them, and I was so happy to share something new with her. I believe she enjoys doing this as well because every time I go back home or she comes to visit she has a new book or a new recipe to share with me.
It made me realize how blessed I am to have an awesome relationship with my mother. I wish I could spend more time with her, although this is hard because she lives in Mexico with the rest of my family.
I wondered how hard it is for my mom not having my grandma (her mom) with her, especially during the holidays. I can’t even imagine not having my mom around, and I know that missing loved ones who are not with us anymore must be hard for everyone.
My mom and I started remembering stories about past Christmases with my grandma and my grandparents from my dad’s side. Unfortunately they all have passed away. My eyes got watery after having flashbacks of past Christmas together. As my mother noticed the tears in my eyes she grabbed her Bible and read a verse to me:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, 7
What a blessing to have comfort in the Lord and what a beautiful promise!
Beloved sisters, I want to ask you to cherish every moment with your loved ones, because we aren’t promised a tomorrow. There are many families who have lost loved ones. Although as Christians we believe in the promise of life after death, sometimes missing a loved one’s presence here on earth can be painful.
I want you to know that God knows your sufferings and if you seek Him, He will bring peace and comfort to your heart. I want you to know that I am praying for you, especially during this holiday season, where the absence of loved ones can be even more painful. There isn’t a day where I don’t miss my grandparents, but I have the comfort of my Lord that one day we will all meet again.
Now, whenever I have a French macaroon, I remember the time I spent with my mom, our conversation about my grandparents, and the comfort and compassion the Lord has for us. Sisters, I hope you join me in my prayer, and I wish you a beautiful time this holiday with your loved ones!
(Image via Kandis Marino Photography)