Christmas in Quebec

Photo by pfala

The workers who haul away the trash from my apartment complex are on strike, so all week long the garbage has piled up around the dumpsters.

Talk about keeping it real for Christmas Day. My scenic view doesn’t look much like the one in the picture. The streets here are wet from drizzly rain, and there is more garbage.

It gives a whole new perspective to “come as you are.”

I don’t write a lot about being a Christian, since the words I need are usually beyond my writing ability. But sometimes it’s like Christmas Eve at my apartment building.

Jesus shows up in the middle of my mess. He doesn’t wait for me to clean it up first. Like it says, “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” I am so thankful.

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  1. I thought this was lovely.

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  2. The snow falls and covers everything in loveliness. A great metaphor for Christmas. Things may not be perfect if we look closely at our lives (and our world!), but we’re given the strength, love and spirit to find heaven all around. Have a blessed Christmas with your sweet family. xo

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  3. There is clouds and a light drizzle in VA today. I thank God for sending his dear Son to save us. I too understand that it can be beyond words what He has done for us. But it is so important for you to share your faith! I enjoy so much reading “Small Notebook.” I have found that your views and ideas are refreshing in a society that has to want more or have more. Thank you and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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  4. Thank you for this simple and beautiful post. I’ve enjoyed your work over the past several months, and like you, am striving toward more simplicity. Merry Christmas!

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  5. Southern Gal says:

    Merry Christmas!

  6. What a Savior we have! “While we were yet sinners…” in our mess, in the middle of a horribly, messy problem we could nothing about, He came. Thank you for the beautiful post.

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  7. Psalm 40 is one of my favorites, too. You seem to have the words! We’re all on strike to some extent, and we let the trash pile up for too long. Thank you for inspiring all your readers with your simply truthful words. Merry Christmas!

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  8. Mmmm…the sweet, sweet love of Jesus. Merriest Christmas to you and yours. Blessings and Joy, Deb.

  9. Thanks Rachel – thanks for keeping it real.

  10. Well said, Rachel! Thanks for sharing! Have a blessed Christmas!

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  11. Merry Christmas, Rachel. I think you do just fine writing about your faith. This is beautiful.

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  12. Beautiful.

    There is so much snow here that garbage hasn’t been picked up in 2 weeks! Fortunately there is fresh snow so we can’t see it ;) Merry Christmas!

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  13. It’s so true. One of the most precious things I’ve learned is that even when I’m mad at God, when I want to yell and scream at him because I don’t understand… he’s still there, he’ll still listen and he’ll still love me. Like a good friend who sits on the bed while you rant and rave and vent, and is still there to hold you close while you cry it all out. If I lost everything else, I want to still be thankful for the amazing God who chose to love me, even in my mess.

  14. beautiful post – Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  15. Merry Christmas Rachel and thank you for sharing. I find parallels of God’s love in everyday life, constantly.

  16. So true, and I am so grateful. Despite my messes, He is still here waiting and listening.
    Beautiful post.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  17. Your website is a blessing. Merry Christmas!

  18. Merry Christmas!
    Thanks for another great post..and I love the photo :)

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  19. Your words were just fine … please consider doing this more often!

  20. Lovely. No need for fancy words when simple does the trick. :)

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  21. That is just so sweet Rachel. You were able to overlook the mess and see the blessing.

    Merry Christmas & a blessed New Year to you & yours. :)

  22. …continued blessings through the year — I meant to say. ;)

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  23. Beautiful. Thank you. I sent you an e-mail several days ago in response to your gluten-free post and follow up e-mail. I am not sure if you got it.

    Happy New Year to your and your family.

  24. yes, beautiful. I wish more people who are not saved would realize that Jesus wants them as they are. Wholly imperfect, but beautiful and valuable to Him-though cheap, ugly and unwanted by the world. Thank you.