Come all who wonder where the past year went and what you were doing last year at this December time – probably the normal, the taken for granted, the way it usually is and always was. That’s where my wondering thoughts have been . . .
So doing an honest review, ordinarily processed on journal pages (which is a reason I’ve considered getting rid of them before I leave for heaven). This has been a three-year-journal-year of scribing reams of the good and the not-so-good, countless prayer concerns, trying to find the mend in the shatter of the beautiful, which sometimes hides in between the lines. Thankfully, the parchment is covered with the timeless and true Word of God that brings strength and hope to turn the page for another entry.
Maybe for you, this is a season that reminds you of what you have lost rather than what you have – of how you messed up rather than what you’ve been brought through. The longer I know Jesus the more I realize He reminds me of who I am, not who I am not – and that declares the beloved over the broken. For you and for me . . .
Yes, 2020 has taken a toll on our soul. So how have you come through? But Jesus. But yes, even in the year of the weary we have a holy nativity and the wonder of the pure gift of Jesus. The One who came down and comes in . . . to make it all okay.
The season of the heart holds a landmine of memories. For the past “twelve days of Christmas,” I’ve been emailing my kids and grands photo-reminders of a merry season (even though at times could’ve been unmerry). Right there in black and white and technicolor is a family who loves and laughs together, whether in a hospital room, a cinnamon scented kitchen or around a tree and an old wood stove. We’re all there even if we’re not . . . always.
I know you’re busy so I don’t want to hold you — but please take a valuable moment to listen to this song that my granddaughter Rachel brought to my attention last evening “O Come All You Unfaithful” by Sovereign Grace. We’re in this song, you and me – it tells of the one who is feeling unstable who can look to the stable where the Light of rescue and redemption was birthed.
Keep Christmas well, friends – may the God of heaven bring Christmas blessings and a year filled with the beautiful gleanings of 2020.
You are the God who works wonders – You have made known your might among the peoples. Psalm 77:14