She had an old potbelly stove that burned coal for heat.
I have a large central heating and air unit
with computerized “comfort level” programming.
She had to draw water from a well.
I have fresh running water from an underground spring
pumped to my choice of four sinks.
She had an old wooden outhouse.
I have two full bathrooms and a six-foot shower.
She never owned a car.
I’ve owned several.
She had to make her own clothes, sometimes from empty feed sacks.
I have so many clothes they barely fit in my closet and yet I often
can’t find anything to wear.
She had a washboard and a clothesline.
I have a matching washer and dryer but never seem to get all the laundry done.
She had to plow and plant her own garden and then wait for it to grow.
I have my choice of convenient super markets and organic groceries.
She had to start preparing each meal when the other one ended.
I often wait until mealtime to decide on cooking or carryout.
She scrimped and saved for the things she wanted.
I want, I get, I forget, and I want more.
She had to live when times were hard.
Time has made life easier for me.
She had a sense of satisfaction.
I sometimes complain.
She had a little scrappy Christmas tree my Papaw cut down
from the woods behind their home.
I can buy a beautiful tree and have it trimmed right at the store.
She gave us nuts, fruit and a drugstore doll wrapped in re-used paper.
I can buy my children the latest technology.
but I’m not sure I can ever make them as happy as my Mamaw made me.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
May the peace that passes all understanding be present in your lives in the days ahead.
Although our world casts shadows of doubt,
He will never leave you, nor forsake you.
It is a promise.
And He is a Promise Keeper!
Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas!! 🙂
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