LOUISE: A Hallmark Christmas

 

Written by Louise Tucker Jones in the December 2014 Issue

Christmas TreeI can’t believe it’s almost Christmas, but those heart-tugging, tear-jerking Hallmark card TV commercials remind me the holiday is just around the corner. You know, the ones where the long ago student comes back to thank the teacher, or the grown-up daughters find the cards their dad saved all of their years of growing up. Ah, sweet!

I almost had one of those Hallmark moments several years ago. At least I thought I was going to have one. My prodigal daughter came home for the holiday, and as I watched her stroll through the living room, lingering at the Christmas tree and touching ornaments her little hands had made, I hoped she remembered good times. Special times. Then suddenly, she walked into the kitchen.

I stopped what I was doing and turned toward her, noticing the look of remembrance on her face. “Mom, do you remember…” I hung onto every word, certain this was the moment I had been waiting for. That priceless connection. Then she finished. “Mom, do you remember when you swatted that huge, weird-looking spider and baby spiders flew all over the place?” Did she really ask that? Yep, she did! I’m not sure what happened. I just know I was stunned. Shocked, in fact. And yes, I remembered that incident, but certainly not with fondness. A Hallmark moment it wasn’t! 

But most of our lives are not made up of Hallmark moments. Most of our lives are just plain old everyday stuff—the good, the bad, even the exceptional and horrendous, with everything in between. Today, someone is experiencing each of those emotions. For every death being grieved there is a birth being celebrated. While one household is deafeningly empty and lonely, another is bursting at the seams with generations of family members. Being a person who ponders things, I find myself asking God the big question. Why? Why does He seem to bless one person, family or country and not another? Why does one person die from cancer while another survives? Why is one couple blessed with a half dozen children and another remains childless? Why is a teenager cut down in the prime of life by a drunken driver? Why do evil people make shooting galleries of our schools? I have no answer to these questions or a thousand more.

And sometimes at Christmas, memories of these painful events are all too heavy. We miss loved ones who are no longer with us. We remember our favorite Christmas, and it isn’t the one we are having right now. I know those feelings all too well. But I also know there is a God in heaven who has not forgotten us. He sent his Son to this earth that first Christmas over 2,000 years ago. Jesus came so that we might have life and love, even in our most difficult times. Life in Him—not in a holiday. Love in Christ—not in Christmas. A life of hope and peace in the midst of our pain, and joy in spite of it.

So this Christmas I wish you love, laughter, happiness and goodness in every season of your life. Know that our circumstances will never predict or dictate God’s character. His eternal love, mercy and grace can invade our hearts and penetrate our souls, no matter what phase of life we might find ourselves. His presence reaches beyond the holidays.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we prayed blessings on everyone we meet this Christmas season? Not just family and close acquaintances, but every person. Now that, my friends, would be a real Hallmark moment. In fact, I’d call that a Hallmark Christmas!

6 Comments

Karen Isaacson Says:
December 6th, 2014 at 5:47 am
Thank you Louise, for once again putting it all into the proper perspective. I pray blessings and peace for all.

Pam Whitley Taylor Says:
December 6th, 2014 at 6:23 pm
Well written truth! Love your heart, Louise. Thank you.

Pat Bissett Says:
December 6th, 2014 at 7:38 pm
Once again you have inspired us to keep the hope and praise God for all that He has done for us. You have a wonderful talent in expressing what many people feel in their hearts!

Deborah hatt Says:
December 9th, 2014 at 8:46 pm
Best one yet, I think. But then I say this every month, don't I? Love this, Louise. Blessings upon you. Merry Christmas!

Barbara Says:
December 20th, 2015 at 7:38 am
I am like Deborah... best one yet. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. BIMAH

Judy Wainwright Says:
December 20th, 2015 at 5:18 pm
Lou, greatly blessed by your talents again! Just think..I was in your class...feel your pain asking God for the special touch only he can give.. Love You...Merry Christmas!
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