Christmas joy

It’s Christmas Eve, the house is quiet, everything is finished and the presents are finally wrapped and under the tree. Tomorrow the house will chaotic and fun, filled with family, food, laughter, and Christmas music. As I sit this evening and reflect on the last several months, I am again struck by God’s goodness.

I received an early Christmas present last week when I learned that I would not have to undergo radiation treatments.  As I have been healing from surgery and continuing with the reconstruction process, the threat of radiation was always looming. I have been trying not to think about it too much but it was always hovering somewhere in the back of my mind. My doctor wanted me to see the radiation oncologist for a recommendation and the countdown to that appointment was never far from my thoughts.  Sitting her office last Wednesday, I was trying to prepare myself for the next round of treatments but remembering how faithful God has been throughout this journey. Chemo is over, surgery went well, and I am a cancer survivor. What a blessing to find out I will not have to have radiation!!

From the fullness of his grace we have received one blessing after another.  John 1:16

Christmas seems just a little brighter now. I hope this season finds you counting your blessings too. With so many difficult things in our world today, so many sorrows, devastating storms that rip through communities, senseless violence and tragic losses, it seems even more important to celebrate the victories, to share the joys, to join together and give God the glory.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!             Nativity


25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. K-czuk
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 10:14:36

    Wow! What awesome! I’m so happy for you and your family to hear this news. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas celebrating with your loved ones.


  2. Donna
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 14:45:15

    Praising God with you over this good news….you are not only a cancer survivor…you are a victor over cancer by the healing mercies of the Lord! Wishing you a Merry Christmas with your family!


  3. Leela Turnage
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 15:59:22

    Oh sweet Father! What a wonderful gift! Thank you for continued providence! Happy birthday Lord and Merry Christmas Erin! 🙂


  4. YemYola
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 16:39:58

    All glory honour power and praise be ascribed to the most High God. Happy Christmas to you Erin. Enjoy the Christmas Erin, may the Lord continue to shower you with His healing power


  5. Judi
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 17:00:22

    You are a true witness to your faith in God’s will for your life. You have given me inspiration to know our God in a deeper, more meaningful way! May God continue to bless you on your journey…….


    • erinambrose
      Jan 01, 2013 @ 00:12:44

      That is such an encouragement to me, Judi. I prayed when I first started this blog that it would be a blessing to others. I am thankful for you!! Wishing you God’s deepest joy and peace in 2013


  6. Laura Renegar
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 22:11:46

    I love this post AND your good news. I also had chemo a bilat and reconstruction without radiation. It sure is a blessing ! My recon looks good and I know my skin is thanking God it wasn’t radiated also. Merry Christmas to you !


    • erinambrose
      Jan 01, 2013 @ 00:14:21

      Thank you so much. Laura! I am alway encouraged by others who have walked this path before me. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and for your lovely comment. Praying God’s abundant blessings for you and your family in 2013 🙂


  7. elysebyrum
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 23:02:52

    That is WONDERFUL news!!! Praising the Lord with you for His faithfulness in your battle with cancer. You’re such an inspiration to me and countless others! Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, Erin! See you next semester. Love and hugs.


  8. Michael Oehler
    Dec 26, 2012 @ 22:28:02

    Erin – Wonderful news and a Merry Christmas indeed!! We love you. You are an inspiration to us all. Many hugs and much love from Jena, the boys and me.


  9. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 03:54:53

    That is indeed a wonderful Christmas gift. I am praising God with everyone else! Blessings – Patty


  10. Carol Eckman
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 06:28:30


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  11. Bev Wiens
    Dec 27, 2012 @ 23:08:03

    I am breathing a sigh of relief with you and thanking God for the healing He has brought into your life. Blessings for a healthy and prosperous new year!


  12. lifeofaministermom
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 19:02:52

    What wonderful Christmas news Erin!! God is faithful in every way! I hope that your Christmas was all you desired it to be, and praying for you and your family as we head into this new year!

    Blessings to you!



  13. photographymemoirs
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 09:27:23

    How gorgeous; I have a photograph of the same nativity set on my blog. 🙂
    God bless


    • erinambrose
      Jan 14, 2013 @ 17:01:40

      Thank you! But I’m sure your nativity photograph was taken lovingly by you, while mine was merely a click from google images 🙂 Without your talent for photography, I am so thankful to others for sharing. Blessings~


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