I’ve been reflecting on my favorite Christmas presents over the years and I have been blessed to have had many awesome gifts. But, my favorite is still this baseball cross plaque that my crafty and thoughtful mom made for me. I have shared this with many:
“This plaque that my mother made, helps me to remember to always get over errors and leave it all on the field. It reminds me to “give thanks” to God and to my family. It encourages me to become a better teammate, to listen to my coaches, and be a good sport. I like to live by the motto: “God, Family, Baseball.” God always comes first. What I see is that God has a massive hitting streak going (all the gifts he has so generously given us). It’s game seven of the World Series against all evil. God understands that we make mistakes and always will, which are our errors. He forgives us for the BIG errors, and we should forgive ourselves for mistakes, learn from them, and move on. With a runner on third, a sacrifice bunt will win the World Series, but what if Jesus only needed a hit to break a record? To save his team (the world), he sacrifices! He sacrifices to save us all!!!! We all need to remember this each and every day. So whatever your beliefs, have FAITH. It will get you further than any home run.”
Everyday I see it, it reminds me who I am and what I stand for as a Catholic. It reminds me that God is with me and helps me to be a better person. It helps strengthen my faith. We all will make mistakes, but that is ok. Forgive others, forgive yourself. Since Jesus died for us as his sacrifice to save us from sin, he will bring us home to heaven. During this joyful Christmas time, let’s keep Christ in Christmas. Let’s remember what Christmas is really about, the birth of the Christ child. It is a time of Peace and Hope. So during these troubled times, be a good teammate for the human race – God Bless You!!
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