“We have this confidence in God:
that God hears us whenever we ask for anything…”
1 John 5:14
Each year, when I organize the coming year’s calendar, I’m usually ready to return to what I consider to be “normal”. This year, however, is different. The past ten months have redefined “normal” in a big way. Though I’ve adjusted to this pandemic-normal in many ways. I haven’t adjusted to it in many other ways.
As I begin to tackle what will be considered “normal” during Year 2021, I consider my “de-decorating” strategy. I wonder just how long I will dare to keep our Christmas tree and houseful of decorations intact. After long days of navigating through minimal “our family only” festivities, I find great comfort in the colored lights strewn about the railings and tree. My affection for the peaceful company nestled in the crèche under our tree compels me to hold on tightly to Christmas. Though I only see the lights outdoors when I leave and return, the thought of those passing by enjoying them elicits a smile. So it is that I long to postpone my return to “normal” for as long as possible…
As I consider how to proceed, I sit near our Christmas tree with the hope of finding inspiration there. As I gaze at the tiny baby in the crib, I realize that there was no returning to “normal” after Jesus arrived. Because of Jesus, everything changed for us all. With that, I’ve decided to tell my husband that we can take down the decorations whenever he’s ready. Though these visuals will be packed away in our basement until Christmas 2021, the transformation which began in Bethlehem more than two thousand years ago will continue.
I turn my thoughts back to Year 2021. A year-full of opportunities lies ahead. What will my new “normal” will be?
God of Hope, this world needs you more than ever. Help me to bring your presence into every moment of the coming year.
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