Christmas looks different this year.
With the surge of Omicron in just the last two weeks, Christmas plans have been caught in the crossfire for so many of my friends and loved ones.
Cancelled trips, postponements of Christmas get-togethers. Somehow, it seems like overnight, we woke up in March 2020 again.
New York has broken the all time Covid record for most number of daily cases five times this week, gaining around 24,000 new cases every day.
And even though it manifests as a cold for most people, that is still a concerning number, given that the vaccine that was supposed to protect us…really hasn’t.
In just my circle alone, I can count on more than two hands the number of my friends who have had to cancel Christmas due to Omicron.
Thankfully, after four negative Covid tests, and isolating myself for the last 12 days, I have managed to escape New York to return home to Ohio for Christmas, and am looking forward to being together with my family this Christmas weekend.
But sadly, that is not the case for everyone.
So this Christmas, as many people are facing a holiday either in quarantine, or unable to get together with loved ones due to omicron, I wanted to just reflect on something that has given me comfort over the years, as a young woman, living alone in a 500 square foot studio apartment.
And it actually is the beautiful love behind Christmas, that can so often get forgotten in the hustle bustle: Jesus, coming to earth because He loves us, and wants to be with us.
We are never alone.
When we gaze upon the manger, and see little baby Jesus lying in the trough on Saturday, that is a picture of a God who is so fiercely in love with you and I that He would give up everything and come to earth as human.
That is the most beautiful love story ever. And in the quiet hours of Christmas, I pray that you and I, and anyone who stumbles upon this little blog post can feel, in a personal and tangible way, that Love poured out on this Silent Night.
I have so much to be grateful for this Christmas, and the friendships I’ve made on this blog are one of my most meaningful blessings. Truly, you have a special place in my heart. And I wish you the most blessed, Merry Christmas, even if Christmas looks a little different than normal this year.
Sending all my love to wherever this finds you. Thank you for being a great friend, and joining me on this beautiful journey, one day at a time.
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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