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Our Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Christmas

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Christmas, travel

Last weekend, my husband and I took our family to New York to celebrate our daughter’s graduation from college. Shows, shopping, sightseeing, and family time filled our days.

Yesterday (Christmas Eve) we left for the airport in the dark of early morning. We were all more than ready to get back to our cozy home for the holidays.

After grabbing breakfast from Au Bon Pain, we sat down to wait for our boarding time. Unfortunately that moment never came. After repeated delays, our flight was canceled. CANCELED!

Airline agents informed us we wouldn’t be able to get home until December 26th. My husband is a master negotiator and worked with the airline until they eventually booked us on flights through another airline who had seats available.

Here’s what that looked like:

  • Flight from New York to Washington D.C.
  • Another flight from Washington D.C. to Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Yet another flight from North Carolina to Kansas City
  • Final leg? Rent a vehicle and drive additional hours to reach our final destination: home! 

 After 22 hours of travel, we arrived home at 3:00 a.m. – just in time for Christmas.

Christmas Eve was filled with planes, buses, rental cars, taxis, frustration, exhaustion, bag fees times two, and two trips through security instead of just one. Honestly, once is enough for me!

There was no Christmas Eve church service, and none of our Christmas Eve family traditions.

Christmas dinner was really casual today because we weren’t able to get to the store yesterday.

Even though Christmas looked a little different this year and even though there were some challenges, I was reminded that Christmas isn’t about a place or perfect circumstances. It’s about a person. The person of Jesus Christ. His birth.

Through his birth, we witness God’s faithfulness on full display . . . his faithfulness in keeping his promises. He kept his promise to send the One who would crush Satan. He fulfilled his promise to give Abraham descendants, one of whom would bless all nations throughout history. He met his promise to send a Messiah to the Israelites.

And Messiah came . . .

The One who removed the old way of things and brought a new way of things . . . a living way through a new and everlasting Covenant.

The One who came to show us the truth about God . . . to destroy the devil’s work . . . to reveal God’s magnanimous heart to the world. 

Our great high priest.

Our mediator with God.

The One who cleanses us, perfects us, and intercedes for us.

The One who was born in a dirty stable to parents who had walked through scandal. All so he could be with us in our messy circumstances and imperfect lives.

He carries our sorrows and disappointments when things don’t go the way we plan for them to.

He rescues, saves, loves, breathes new life into our tired souls, and lights us up with hope.

And that will never change – no matter what’s going on in our lives.

“For to us a child is born, 

to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace

there will be no end. Isaiah 9:6-7

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!



  1. Liana says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful post … so glad you made it home for Christmas.
    He fills our hearts … was there all along … all through your travels. God bless.

  2. Dawn says:

    Sweet post. I love watching you celebrate your kids. I’m learning from you.

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