The Importance of Joyeux Noel

It was almost two months ago when the shutter on my camera blinked. It caught the light and captured the words. Joyeux Noel. 

GOLD FOIL PRINT JOYEUX NOEL

The french version of Merry Christmas. But before the picture ever got posted the world flipped upside down again.

Terror.

So the print sat there quietly exciting in the #Sentprints shop but no where else. Meanwhile the world has been busy moving on. I'm a slow processor and I have come to believe that isn't a bad thing. The world has trembled and the sounds of rumbling have echoed across continents.

We are fighting political battles over refugees while the rumbles of retribution shakes our souls.

She was brave enough to ask the question, "Who are we going to fight?" and she was right. It is a nationless enemy. It is an enemy that can't be found in one specific group, but scattered all over. Because terror is the enemy.

And how the heck to do you fight an idea?

How do you fight terror?

"The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?" Psalm 118:6

As I loaded turkey leftovers into the fridge an prayed words of love over my babies the light seeped in, and I caught a glimpse of what should be.

I did the mundane work of loading a black Friday deal into the shop and made a choice. I'm leaving the print. Because this is how we fight.

"It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in man." Psalm 118:8

We gather around tables with our families to eat and play games. We laugh until it aches.

We are brave. 

We walk in obedience by serving in our jobs, teaching Sunday school, volunteering to feed hungry mouths and feed thirsty souls.

We are brave. 

We hold our palms high over our heads in a physical position of complete vulnerability and worship to God. Knowing we gain eternity when we lose our life.

We are brave.

And when it's too hard to move and act in love, and it will get too hard, we move to our knees to pray radical love over our enemies.

We are brave.

PIESPICE

The only was to fight an actionable idea like terror is with the stronger and even more perfect idea of love.

"Perfect love casts out fear." 1 John 4:18

What better time could exist to press into that then in the celebration of when love itself visited. Advent. It means visit. The celebration of Jesus, the exact replica of the nature of God:Love, made a man and sent to earth as the Christ child.

I hadn't planned on doing Home for the Holidays this year. With a new business and a busy season it felt like too much. But it doesn't feel like too much now. It feels like nothing could be more important.

So I'm begging you to join me as we deck out halls in radical defiance of fear. We belt Feliz Navidad with gusto in subversive opposition. We consecrate our celebration by lighting advent candles in the audacious act of drowning out darkness. This is Joyeux Noel.

Home for the Holidays Run Down:

The heart of Home for the Holidays is to minister right where you are, to be the light for your block. While one street at a time we light up a nation.

-Gather your neighbors for some cookies and milk this week. Real quick, nothing fancy. Talk about advent. You could you She Reads Truth, IF:Equip, Ann Voskamp, or my friend Stephanie's study Hope is...(that I was humbled and honored to get to write for.)

-Light a candle.

-Keep it simple. This doesn't have to take more than an hour of your week. Go buy your food. The heart is gathering and communion.

-Pray. I totally get what I'm asking you to do is crazy bold. But I believe it can change the world. Ask God to give you the boldness to walk across the street and extend and invitation. Ask God to give you the strength to read a scripture and light a candle.

"Open to me the gates of righteousness; I shall enter through them, I shall give thanks to the LORD." Psalm 118:19

THANKSGIVINGPSALM