|It’s the holidays!
In spite of all that is – the hardness, the tensions, the sadness – I still get excited when I see all the holiday lights sparkle and blink. Normally, I’m more of a plaid shirt type of person, but there’s something about the efforts to bring light into dark spaces that lifts my spirits. Sometimes, even the kid in me comes out.
I find that I need the holiday spirit even more this year. Almost two years of pandemic and assorted other stuff, not to mention an insurrection, wildfires, and tornadoes, I’m pretty fried. I’m sure I’m not the only one. But the holidays offer a chance to see that there is still light in the world and in our hearts.
Light comes in many ways. Last Sunday, it felt so good to see so many cars parked in our parking lot. Not cars for the school or even neighborhood overflow, but cars that we drove. Just seeing the simple sign of life brought tears to my eyes. It felt like our church was home again. And many of you said the same thing. The music and choirs were the perfect sparkle, highlighting that moment of homecoming.
What are the moments where you find light in your heart? Do any of them add extra sparkle? For this holiday season, instead of sharing stories with loved ones, family, and friends of how awful things are in the world/pandemic/weather/politics/etc…, experiment with conversations centered on things that bring light and sparkle. It is possible that joy is more contagious than the latest variant. Let me know what you discover.
Blessings for sparkle and joy,
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