I don’t think I have anything new to say about this topic I haven’t already shared, but this is a special time of year for us now – whereas we used to dread it because our abstinence created so much conflict and stress. You think the holiday season is stressful? Try explaining to everyone again and again why you don’t celebrate it at all! That gets exhausting because it always leads to more and more why questions, and none of those answers led to Jesus, but to me. One of the first questions people asked was, “Do you believe in Jesus?” and the answer was “Yes, but..” and in the ensuing explanation, Jesus got set aside.
This year has been incredibly difficult for us. Looking back I can assess the experiences as speed bumps, but while going through it all, it felt more like racing toward a cliff. I am looking forward to Christmas here at home with all my kids, and now a new grand baby too. Just to be together and healthy fills my heart with so much gratitude for what He has brought us through.
Recently we have made a new group of friends who are not all Christians. Tomorrow the kids are getting together to exchange crafts for a Christmas party. I don’t have to make some excuse about why I can’t come. I can go and pray for open doors to share Jesus… even though I am in great need of courage to share Him in a society that doesn’t need Him anymore.
There is another man who has this boldness for Christ and he has inspired me many times. He lives where there is genuine risk of persecution, but he wants Christmas to be a time to draw people’s attention to Jesus, right in the city of His birth. We can quibble over days and laws, but I would rather be filled with His Spirit to speak for Him whenever and wherever He leads. Christmas, Ramadan, or Halloween. What matters is that people see Him!