Merry CHRISTmas Tator.
I can echo of alot of what you posted. I also grew up in a strong Christian home with Parents to guide me and my three brothers. I am also thankful for both sets of Grandparents who raised my parents in strong Christian homes.
The world we live in is constantly changing and seems to be deteriorating. For Christians this should be no surprise as it is laid out in Gods word. All things will continue to fall apart until God sends his Son once again to rule the world. He came once as a baby but next time he will come as the King of Kings and no one will be able to stand against Him.
Some 2000 years ago, Jesus entered the world as a newborn baby. Totally helpless on his own, totally dependant on His parents for his care. He wasn't born into a rich family but to a humble woman. God values us as His creation and instead of working around us, He frequently chooses to work through us.
Merry CHRISTmas to all fellow DHC members!
As you celebrate this year, remember its only because of Jesus why we have the reason to celebrate!