Today marks the second day of 31 days as we move closer to year’s end. I do not intend to harp on what a challenging, heartbreaking, and trying year this has been, because I know, it has also been motivating to me. Motivating in the sense that I appreciate so much of what drives me. Careful thoughts, happy thoughts, helping thoughts, thoughts of beautiful friendships, thoughts of a future love, written thoughts, creative thoughts, new tools, yarn from alpaca, effort it takes to keep my hands moist in Colorado, and of course doing my best to have approval of my final dissertation chapter (C5), I completed three weeks ago. It’s coming…and I am so overjoyed! The creation of YouTube videos really does not motivate me, perhaps the reason I have put those aside for now, until approval of C5 comes, in prayerfully this week. Perhaps at this time, my verbal sharings will gladly return.
The creative thoughts for Christmas started about two months ago. During the writing sprees I have experienced lately, motivation to complete one more paragraph stemmed from the idea that as soon as I’ve finished, I’d run outside to put out another piece of decoration freed from its 10 month prison. This has been my doing between everything else on my stretched schedule. I even created my yearly Christmas card, that I decided not to send off to the printer this year. At least that’s what I am telling myself since I forgot to do so. Sigh… However, this does not mean I cannot share it virtually. Today, I do.
The special wording of my own heart written on this design means so much to me, and I intend to write more on this topic in the next few weeks. I’ll explore the two words so dear to my soul. The words ‘Redemptive Tenderness’© in Jesus. The tender baby who laid on the bosom of his mother Mary. The tender man who offers His bosom we have been given, to cradle all of our worries and fears. The brave man who wafted our sins, providing a birth of new life with His last breath. Yes, His redemptive tenderness beneath our feet, to warm our cold hands, and to motivate us to be better people.
I didn’t print my Christmas card this year, but now I share it with you.
As I leave you this week, consider the relationships in your life that may need redemption. As of today, there are 29 days in the year to make them all right. Chaos is not God’s intention. It is not aligned with who we are meant to be. Hope cannot be formed from chaos, and dreams become stagnant. Redeem love and share love. This is the only path to healing. It is sweet tenderness.
Do enjoy this holy season.
I’ll see you next week,