Although I didn’t send the usual number of Christmas cards, I did receive beautiful cards from many of you. Thank you !
Maybe next year, I will rethink the tradition of sending Christmas cards – especially since I just found some lovely ones at half price.
So…what to do with Christmas cards after the eggnog has soured and the chocolate is all gone? Just pitch them while cleaning up all the decorations and torn wrappings? No way.
Sometimes I frame cards. One example hangs in my office – a reminder to stay in JOY all through the year.
Use cards to decorate the house next year? Yes. A particular card declares “Noel” on my kitchen table. I hate to take it down and pack it away. Maybe I’ll leave it up through February. It is after all – a deep red color.
Each year, I have enacted a routine after the holidays. I set my basket of cards on my kitchen table, next to my Bible.
Every morning when I meet with God, I choose one of the cards and read again the message written inside. Then I pray for the person who sent the card.
I ask God to bless that person and his/her family during the coming new year – to fill them with hope and joy – to draw them closer to His loving heart.
If I know of some particular need, I pray for that. Keep them safe. Provide for them what they need – a warm home, food every day, enough love to keep them in abundant joy. This year, I know many people who are grieving.
“Oh, sweet Jesus – send them a special touch of comfort for the new year. A flashy cardinal that decorates a bleak winter tree, a treasured grandchild with a kiss – still sticky from leftover candy canes, a beautiful song that reminds them of their loved one. You know what to do, God. You know the desires of all hearts. Comfort those who need to know you’re close.”
Praying through the cards helps Christmas last a little longer and reminds me of all the friends and loved ones who took the time to send me a holiday message. I feel a bit more loved.
It reminds me how we are connected – through the DNA of family members, through experiences we have shared or through the blood line of that baby in the manger who became the Savior on the cross.
Christmas is about more than decorations and presents. And the weeks after Christmas are about more than cleaning up, starting a diet, cashing in gift cards and going back to work.
Hope travels from one season to the next, especially when it is tethered by praying over my Christmas cards.
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