Being the Joyful Resistance

Our Christmas Cards from 2008-2019

I’m the queen of Christmas Cards. I brainstorm my ideas and map out the design in my mind long before the Thanksgiving turkey has made it into the oven.

This year however, the second week of December had come and gone and I said out loud. “I don’t think I’m sending Christmas Cards this year.”

In my mind I felt it disingenuous to send a photo of my family smiling in a year that’s been filled with heartache for so many. My normal cheerful greetings and summary of our happy year just didn’t seem to fit. There have been so many ups and downs.

No matter how many times I sing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” it seems “next year all our troubles” are multiplied instead of “far away.” I guess that’s what comes with age.

Then I remembered our first Sunday of Advent devotional on hope. Isaiah wrote “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2

Did you hear what he said? The gift of light came to those living in darkness. Isn’t that what this season of Christmas greetings is all about? We are to remind ourselves and the people around us of the hope we have within through the Jesus. No matter how dark it gets out there there is always His light to show us the way through His word and through His Holy Spirit when we turn our faces to Him.

Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we don’t struggle in the dark. I’m not going to lie, 2020 had thrown some unforeseen circumstances at us that had me stumbling for light many days. Yet never once did God allow me to stay there.

Through my devotional reading, my Bible reading, an encouraging word from a child or friend, or a voice on a podcast pointing me back to Him I found the light I needed to get through the day.

Remembering that truth made me realize that maybe something as simple as a Christmas Card with the scripture God led me to share may just be the light a friend in my life may need that day.

The troubles we are facing as a family are not happening directly to us but all around us and they impact our lives currently and for the long run.

This has forced me to only live for today and be so very thankful to God, in a way I never have before, for the basic necessities of food, water, shelter, education, and good health.

God has placed us in an unusual season of serving some people closest to us. For this reason I’m going to have to take a step back from writing and social media for a bit to bring the light of Jesus to some very special people physically in front of us. I love sharing encouragement through writing, but my energy is needed elsewhere for the time being.

There will be a story to tell at the end of this that maybe one day I’ll get the chance to write. Until then, know I appreciate your prayers and I’m encouraged by other believers who continue to shine the light through the written and spoken word while others of us are weathering storms.

In the words of Joy Clarkson, I hope we’ll choose to “Make merry and be the joyful resistance to the darkness of this world” during this season of Advent and into 2021.

Merry Christmas!