Christmas cards fastened by clips to twine looped like a garland and no idea why, but I left this little kitty cat on the shelf.
Except it’s where it’s always been and I believe I brought it home from my mama’s or I picked it up when we all went “junkin'”.
I pulled a piece of greenery from my centerpiece and decided the cat should wear it around its neck.
Made a little circle, too small and decided oh well, I’ll add some twine, make it fit.
Now the black cat with polka dots who lives on my shelf looks different, looks like Christmas.
This morning, I read a verse from John. Lots of people know it, children can recite it; it’s a simple one that has another that follows and expands its meaning.
So many times I read only part, retain only a portion, there’s always more for me to know, more to surprise me by my knowing.
About God’s ways, His love, His wants for me, for us all.
This verse is best left simple, best brought to mind at Christmas. We may revisit Luke or Matthew or Mark; maybe Isaiah, looking for the story of Christmas.
We might remember the prophecies of old or cling to and listen more with an idea of hopeful truth that yes, a baby was born a long time ago and it was a sweet, sweet story, so spectacular it seems a fairy tale.
But, simply not so. Spectacular yes.
But fairy tale, no.
Our lives are changed because God made it possible for them to be changed, made new.
Because God loved the world He created.
And since it all got and gets a little sideways still
And He knows it. He gave His Son, His only Son.
So, we could have eternal life, not perish in the mess we’ve made of what He created.
In the Book of John, Jesus explains his purpose to a Pharisee named Nicodemus who was a ruler and had a very hard time believing what Jesus made so simple to hear.
What is still so simple to hear. But hard to believe for some, hard to accept.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”
John 3:16-17 NLT
I sent a few cards this year, not nearly as many as I should.
Small and simple little cards with a sweet tree on the front unadorned with lights, just a tiny tree.
I added to the message of Merry Christmas
only the beginning,
For God so loved the world…
And then I signed, “love in Christ, Lisa”
Hoping I’d left room for longing to know more or that I reminded all who already know and like me can always, always use reminding.
That God is love and that Jesus was born to save all who will believe.
believe, life will surprise you…
(lyrics I rest with)