Perhaps the difference comes from this being the first Christmas Bob and I will celebrate in our new home. Perhaps the difference is a result of all things 2020—a year unlike any other in our history. Perhaps the difference is a result of the election drama. Perhaps it is a result of all of the above.
Whatever the reason, I hear Christmas calling, and I know many of you do as well. This year has been grueling; fraught with fear, anger, and despair. As a result, many are craving the light of Christmas in our homes earlier than usual. We long to feel the joy of Christmas once again. We yearn for the peace Christmas brings to our hearts and souls.
I need Christmas this year, perhaps more than ever. Oh, not the hustle and bustle of fighting crowds trying to find the perfect gifts; not stressing-out planning huge family gatherings; not all the must dos that have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas. No, I don't need any of these.
I need to truly experience Christmas this year. I need to experience the peace and joy held within the bosom of this season. I need the light of Christmas to brighten my heart and enliven my soul. I need CHRISTmas!
"Wonder of all wonders outside of Bethlehem. Angels come to shepherds, ordinary working men. Not the high and mighty, the powerful and great. But those who feel unwanted, that the world has pushed away. Hear the call of Christmas, all you lost and left behind. The lowly and those longing, with an emptiness inside. The forgotten and forsaken, I bring you good news. Hear the call of Christmas, the Savior waits for you." (Lyrics from Zach Williams' song, "Call of Christmas."
I listened to this song a few weeks ago and it spoke to my heart. Amid all the trials and tribulations of 2020, in the midst of fear and anxiety, there is good news! Jesus, our Lord and Savior waits for us! We as Christians wait in anticipation to celebrate the birth of our Risen Savior, and we live in hope for His glorious return! Can you hear Christmas calling you?
"All who feel rejected, unwanted and alone. We’re all undeserving of the kindness we’ve been shown. Come behold the King of Kings. Find rest you weary souls. Lay down all your burdens. He will mend and make you whole."
So, throwing all our rules pertaining to Thanksgiving out the window, Bob and I dug out our decorations and I have been decorating, and blasting Christmas music. It has been thrilling decorating our new home with our treasured decorations. They somehow look different this year. Christmas light abounds in our small home, and my heart and soul are overjoyed. Our new, smaller, Christmas tree will be adorned on Thanksgiving.
We have no idea what the rest of 2020 will bring, but we can rest in the peace of Christmas: "For all of those in need, come find your hope and peace. Oh, do not be afraid, for He has come to save. He has come to save."
Listen for the call of Christmas
Please take a minute to enjoy the music video below, "Call of Christmas, by Zach Williams.