This might be a long rambling post or it might be quite short. I have a heart full of feeling, but not sure I have words...so, I will just begin.
Weeks ago, maybe even years ago, I realized that I am not a big fan of Christmas...at least not the frenzied festivity filled version.
I don't know why we have to squish all the love and peace to the world and joy and brotherhood and gift giving into the few short weeks from Thanksgiving until December 25th.
Maybe it is just my age or this season in my life. Maybe I am just turning into a Grinch. I used to enjoy searching for the right gift, wrapping it up pretty and presenting it to the one person it was meant for especially. I used to love bringing out the Christmas carols. I have an amazing collection of Christmas creches and I know how to decorate a Christmas tree that I want to just sit in front of for hours. Now, I don't want to be bothered with getting them out and putting them away....sigh.
All of that was already going through my head, when a most horrible thing happened on December 21 to my sweet friend Rachel, and her family. Lives lost....Christmas forever changed...
But, it is in this tragedy, that the miracle of Christmas begins to blossom...
LOVE. Not for a season or a holiday, but for a lifetime.
So, I am beginning again to imagine the Love of Christmas and I am beginning to see it lasting all year long. I won't be waiting to try to get it all done in December. I will be peacefully spreading it out from now until then. I am inspired.
If I have the perfect gift, card, song, letter, word for you in my heart or hands, I am going to give it to you and we will share joy. I am going to look for ways to share joy each and every month...maybe I will be celebrating the 25th of each month! What can we call this celebration????
God didn't come to love us for a season. He's in it for the everafter!
So, Happy New Year and here's to celebrating the Miracle of Love all year long!
Here's to bringing light to dark places all year long.
Here's to joy everlasting.