Hope – it comes in all forms this time of year. Sometimes it is a whisper that it is still possible, and sometimes it is a loud voice that takes you by surprise in a burst of heart-felt laughter. It is here.
It has been heard in several of my circles, seen in many displays of giving, and felt in the inner most parts of my soul. I’m here. Seek me. Embrace me.
Thousands of lights we will see this season – lawn decorations, town street lights, and the glow of our own Christmas trees, yet there has been an even stronger light that I have witnessed in the past few weeks.
There are times when the days are dark for us, for our friends and our families. We often feel nocturnal, being in the dark for so long. Our vision adjusts accordingly until it feels almost normal. We accept the fact that darkness has come to stay. The time comes when we stop looking for even a glimpse of light. Lost. Discouraged. Broken.
The thing is? Light diffuses darkness. Always.
There are flickers of light in our day-to-day. It’s easy to dismiss them, difficult to see when our eyes are closed tight… closed tight, because if we open them? we know there is a chance of further disappointment waiting. It takes courage to allow the light to penetrate what has been dark for so long.
The season of hope.
Light….diffusing our darkness.
It came in the past few weeks……..
Hearing a discouraged friend, find her second wind to keep hoping, clinging to her faith in spite of her disappointments.
Listening to a young girl sing with peace in her voice during a funeral.
Hearing the laughter of my own child… enjoying time with her friends.
The wonder of a child’s first glimpse of Christmas lights.
The gathering of friends in my home.
The classmate that was able to return to work after enduring chemotherapy for breast cancer.
The friend that courageously teaches her child with learning disabilities.. even when she has nothing left to give.
A kind soul that works at the grocery store..that has more to give than bagging your purchases.
The friend in the middle of divorce proceedings during the holidays..yet her heart of gold remains intact to show love to others.
The grandmother that makes every effort to spend time with her grandchildren, although she is physically in need of nothing less than a miracle.
Those that believe unconditional love is a real thing.
The season of hope….. I will embrace. I believe there is always hope. I have to keep my eyes wide open. Sometimes the light is brighter than others.. wear sunglasses. Press on.
Jeremiah 29:11-29New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.