Holiday get-togethers can often be bittersweet. For while we are thinking of sweet years gone by, bitter years try to cloud our memory also.
For some, the answer is to skip the holiday get togetherness entirely. The risk of conflict seems too great.
But is that really the best response? I think our Lord set us a strong example to follow. He, after all, fellowshipped with some of the most wicked of His day.
How could he have stood to be in their presence knowing all of the evil intentions of their heart? One word: Love.
Sometimes in the midst of intense collisions between light and dark, when long-standing conflicts have not been resolved, or when relationships have grown strained by personality clashes, someone needs to step out of the pain and walk in the supernatural flow of God's love.
What if you don't agree with your relatives? What if you have rebellious kids whom have broken your heart? What if you're absolutely sure that you can never have a "meeting of mind" with the people in your life?
Is it possible that the Lord would give you grace to have a "meeting of the heart" instead?
I'm not talking about giving in to sins or compromising standards. But I am challenging us all to look deeper through the eyes of Christ.
This world is not all about my comfort, my needs, and my happiness. Sometimes true life and true joy are found in the giving of forgiveness and love.
Could it be that God has an assignment for you and your family this holiday season?
Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. Hebrews 12:14-15
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