In a nutshell, this is what Christmas is all about. Raising our hands in thanks to God even when there are things in our lives that don’t feel very praiseworthy. When I lift my hands in prayer and focus on thanking God for all the good things, I end my prayer feeling the Holy Spirit around me, causing me to forget the things in my life that are still being ironed out. I have a feeling that if everything was taken care of all at once, I might start to believe that I did something great to earn such an amazing life & start believing I was more capable than Him. It’s crazy to me to even write that because God is the one who breathed life into me in the first place. God knows how we tend to operate though. We’re prone to wander away from him. Not having all my prayers answered at once is really something that I should be thanking God for too because it keeps me in relationship with Him. I’m the happiest when I spend time with God because he re-energizes me at the end of the day when my spiritual tank starts to get close to empty. Christmas is about thanking God for sticking so close to us that He even wants us with him for eternity. And think about this. He wanted us so badly for eternity that He sent Jesus to show us how to live dependent on God, to show us that He literally feels our pain and to show us that Jesus is the atonement for all of our mishaps because He still wants us for eternity. Now, that is something to seriously celebrate!!