I have one gift for all my readers. It can’t be shipped by UPS, found in a mailbox, or unwrapped in Christmas morning. It won’t add three hundred and fifty calories to your daily intake by accepting it, and you can’t return it on the 26th. The only thing you can do is graciously accept it.
What am I giving out? …my heartfelt thanks for your support this year. You have no idea how a little click of your computer’s mouse, and a few typed words can hearten this author. I send my electronically typed squiggles out into cyberspace hoping they will do their “duty” and encourage. I have no idea if they will. But when I get a word back that I really helped someone sell a house, or motivate them to follow a writing dream, it makes my day (and not in the Clint Eastwoodesque sort of way). And for those who shared their moving stories, thank you for letting others know they can survive and thrive a relocation.
Writing is a lonely pursuit and as a people person I sometimes wonder if I’m well suited to the isolation. But I try to follow the Voice I hear in my life. Years ago at a writing conference I heard a small voice in my head telling me to “pursue joy and comfort people”. It didn’t say, “become a novelist”, or “write children’s books”. It didn’t mention pursuing a career in journalism. It didn’t even use the word “write”. God just stamped a mysterious comment on my brain for me to unravel and figure out.
This Christmas season I hope you will unravel the path He has for you as you experience comfort and joy.
I’ve shared one of my favorite Christmas carols that expresses the possibilities of comfort and joy of Christ in our lives, not only now but all year. 2012 was a rough year for many, but my words to all of us are: “Let nothing you dismay”.
Circa 1760 (from “Three New Christmas Carols,” Printed and Sold at the Printing-Office on Bow Church-Yard, London):
God rest you merry, Gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
For Jesus Christ our Savior
Was born upon this Day.
To save poor souls from Satan’s power,
Which long time had gone astray.
Which brings tidings of comfort and joy.