The Early Hope of Christmas Lights
Faith and hope and Christmas lights.
I’m seeing lots of people put up their Christmas decorations early. They need hope to come early this year.
I get it. I need it too.
But the idea of Christmas in a Pandemic is depressing. It makes me sad to think of:
- The parties we won’t have
- The parties some will have that aren’t safe
- Not singing at church
- Not hugging friends
- Not exchanging as many gifts
- Crowded shops
- Or uncrowded shops
- The people that have died during the Pandemic whose families will miss them terribly.
Putting up decorations now doesn’t bring the joy of Christmas any faster, but it does remind me to not fear.
The lights of Christmas remind me that a light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it. So no matter what parties look like or church looks like or gift giving looks like or shopping looks like, there is nothing that will come between us and Christ being with us.
Although I’m not quite ready, early decorating is good news. It is news of hope in healing. A hope that God is with us. Emmanuel.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? - Psalm 27:1
Until Everyone Hears,
You nailed it!