Wow. Last week was something, wasn’t it? My hubby and I stayed up till the week hours of the morning and I was so glad when I woke up the next morning thinking it was all over.
But Christmas is coming and I refuse to let the continuing political storm ruin my holidays.
So I’ve decided to start to watch Hallmark Christmas movies way early this year. Usually I wait until the first of December but not this year.
This year, I need schmaltzy, tears and laughter. I need “feel good” and “fairy tale” endings, where love and goodness always triumph over meanness. Mostly, I need “predictability”.
So this is how I’m coping this year.
I think this might be the first year that if we’re going to have a good Christmas, we may all need to actually work to do so.
I love the Christmas season but this year it seems that with the nation’s turmoil, my mother’s care requirements, and my continual back issues, I’m most definitely going to have especially “draw close to God, so he will draw close to me”. (James 4:8)
So if you’re like me and having to dig down deep in your faith to capture the spirit of Christmas, remember this.
The political scene surrounding the birth of Jesus was just as tumultuous as today, maybe even more so. And yet the Prince of Peace was born into that climate.
We can invite that same Prince of Peace into our lives now. We can experience that peace amidst the current unrest. While Christ entered the scene at a point in history, it was for all points of history.
It was for today.
The only way I know to counter this unrest is to be the best example of God’s gift of peace we can be. I don’t write this to suggest we have to agree about issues we feel strongly about but that we remember that “issues” aren’t people. People who are dealing with the reality of their own life. People who are scared or mad. People who are angry and confused.
I have been accused of being somewhat naive because I really do believe all this “religious” stuff. But what choice do I have? I either believe God’s message of hope or I don’t. And if I do, then I HAVE to believe that hope can make a difference in our world.
I have to believe I can make a difference in my little corner of the world.
God bless and I hope you have a good day.