Peace family, have you ever thought of Christmas cards as an opportunity to show love, reach out, and restore peace?
I know Christmas cards are a dying art, but when I was a child, one of my favorite things each year was the way that my mom would take all of the Christmas cards that we received and tape them up around the kitchen. It made things festive and bright! Cards are rarer these days, and I haven’t sent any out myself in many years, but I still love them. I’m always very touched when I get one.
Christmas cards might not mean much to some people, but they can mean a lot to others. They show you that you made it onto someone’s list, that they care about you and thought about you, and that they felt you were worth the time, effort, and cost of sending a card.
This year, I’ve been feeling a lot of compulsion to send out cards to the people I love, especially including relationships where I’ve dropped the ball, maybe lost touch a bit, or even been hurt. I also feel like it’s a great opportunity to share love with those who are most difficult to love at Christmas.
Do you know someone who is hateful? Despicable? Hurtful? On some level, he or she must be hurting, no matter how well they disguise it. Why not send them a Christmas card, telling them that they are valuable and God loves them, and then privately pray for them over the next several weeks? I’m doing that, and I’m excited about it!
In this season of joy and peace, let’s let our love of God flow generously out of our hearts and into others. You don’t have to sign your card, but that small act of love and kindness in a Christmas card might make a difference in someone’s life. You never know! You might not see a difference, but any act of compassion and kindness is never wasted.