“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
(Luke 2:11 ESV)
Another cold winter morning persists as I awake to the yearly task of preparing Christmas well wishes to extended family and not too distant friends. And as I prepare and address each card….I marvel at just how drastic and sudden our lives seem to change each and every year….
Of recent births and deaths….. Of happy marriages and painful divorces, and of blended families that seem to heal from old wounds. The stable greeting of a family member or friend I have come to depend on… yet quietly wondering if that greeting will survive one more year. The scattered well wishes that will never be heard from again…at least not here. The cheerful Christmas wish from yesteryear which is now a painful and hurtful attack. The now silent and sometimes painful echoes of the past mixed with the security and well-being of the present day and always closing each year’s end…..
Today…it is converging all at once on a Christmas believer who truly knows the reason for the season.
Cards of old friends who are now foes…and of old foes who are now friends. Cards of those who were once considered strangers… but this year or last, our paths have crossed…and perhaps only for a short time….But smiling at the thought that my own handwriting in the greeting card I send this year may one day remind them of an old Christmas past…..
Family members who share strong bonds and family where bonds are now broken… Christmas cards of old and ones from just last year…. Fancy and playful, religious and serious….All providing a moment in time for us to revisit a fractured friendship or a silent voice… a ravaged family or a true love that never fails to cease…….
I rummage through broken boxes overstuffed with the memories of Christmas …. And I stop to cherish the precious handwriting on a Christmas card of one no longer with me…..The dried ink as vivid, alive, and still ingrained as it once was….. Just frozen here in time. I touch their once written script and lovingly embrace their memory of a distant past….But only because I remain hopeful of a future celebration
For I truly know the reason for the season…
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
(Romans 6:23 ESV)
Rejoice if you truly know the reason for the season!
And pray for those who do not!