“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15 (NIV)
“Home is where the heart is.”
Like me, you’ve probably heard that quote a million times.
But have you ever really thought about what it means?
Last week, I went back to the home of my youth.
The place where I met Jesus and lifelong friends.
As I drove through my little town, I felt a twinge of sadness.
But not in the way you think.
I wasn’t missing the places as much as the people.
The ones who really made it “home”.
And although Christmas was everywhere,
It was absent in the place I wanted it the most.
So, unknowingly, I went searching for it…
Starting first on the street where I grew up,
Where I played and where I prayed.
But, instead of finding Christmas, I found something else:
(Not dimes and quarters either! 🙂 )
But guess what, dear one?
Change can be a good thing.
Because change can bring about acceptance and peace.
Two things that my heart needed big time.
You see, I was looking for Christmas in the past.
In sweet memories of long ago.
Maybe you are too?
And that’s fine if we’re just passing through…
But if we linger too long, we miss the now.
The fullness of our lives.
Are you ready to let go of the past and step into the present this Christmas?
He opened my heart to see Christmas in a different way…
Not in gifts or decorations or even sugar cookies with red and green sprinkles.
Not in childhood memories or the way things used to be.
This year, I am seeing Christmas in the beautiful face of my Savior
Again, but for the first time.
Yes, I went looking for Christmas, not realizing that Christmas was with me all along.
In the One who comforts and forgives and carries and loves…
Oh my, how He loves.
May we all discover the real meaning of Christmas this year
For it is then that our hearts are truly home.
“Til he appeared and the soul found its worth”… (O Holy Night)
Spread your joy,