Happy Sunday, all! Typically, the day after Christmas is a downer-day for me, so it is perfect that I have Joy Notes #8: A return to childlike wonder as a place for a positive focus.
I hope yesterday was a joyous day…I will give you a Christmas wrap up from our house tomorrow.
However, today is a Joy Note wrap up.
I started Joy Notes eight Sundays back and told you we would go each Sunday through the end of the year…and that is today.
In praying about how to bring these posts to a close, I began to think about the joy I received experiencing Christmas through my grandchildren this year.
Then, our pastor preached on “childlike wonder” and I immediately thought…that’s it!
The message resonated in a deep place in my heart.
JOY IN THE RETURN TO CHILDLIKE WONDER
You do not need grandchildren or really exposure to any children at all to understand childlike wonder.
We have all been children…ok, I know for some of us that was a long time ago, but think about this.
Do you remember the first time something took your breath away?
I do. I was 12 and it was Lake Louise in Canada in the summertime that struck me speechless with its beauty.
I felt like I had walked into a fairy tale. The next time I remember shaking with awe was at the Grand Canyon, and also when I first saw the mountains around Telluride, CO.
So much of God’s majestic beauty has always struck me with childlike wonder.
When a child is struck with wonder, they often just stop and stay in the moment for awhile.
As we grow older, we begin to lose those moments where we just want to sit there, not move, and breathe it in.
And, with a constantly negative 24/7 news cycle it is easy to forget those times of wonder, appreciation and joy.
I believe so much joy can be re-discovered if we will just stop with wonder more often.
CHILDLIKE WONDER THROUGH THIS CHILD
I shared in last Thursday’s post on Winterfest, how much my grandson Beck ministered to me with his joy.
He was in wonder of the whole event the moment we arrived…he did not want to leave…and wanted to experience all that the event had….even making sure he sat once again on Santa’s lap.
He would stop and relish each moment. I knew I needed to allow him to do that and not rush him through the event.
Christmas 2021 has been his Christmas…he has soaked it all in and enjoyed each and every moment completely.
When we visited him in mid-December, I showed him this picture of the starlights we put up in the backyard.
Every phone call before Christmas Eve after that, he was asking if the stars were still there. I assured him they were waiting for him.
He found so much wonder in the picture and anticipated something very special when he arrived.
I had to explain to my daughter why he kept talking about “the stars.” After all, it is the season for the Star of Wonder…right?
LET’S RETURN TO CHILDLIKE WONDER
Will you join me in the year ahead and return to Childlike Wonder?
Rather than complain, or fear, or lament…may we gather together and find wonder in each moment ahead.
Let’s find the wonder in the first snowfall of the year…in the first blooms of spring…in the faces we see each and every day….in the laughter of friends…and new opportunities…when we sing our National Anthem…
We are all snowflakes ….each one unique and different created by a mighty God who loves all of us…all of us…and there is joy in reaching out to others to do the same.
The holiday-time is such a wonderful time to watch children.
I was in line at Marshall’s last week, and a little girl (maybe 7) with her mom behind me said, “Christmas is going too fast!”
I turned around and said to her…I completely agree!
But, we can grasp her childlike wonder with this joyous time and hold on to it all year long…will you join me?
Please share how you think you could return to childlike wonder in your own life? This is not childishness…it is about discovering wonder and appreciation in our every day lives and the world around us.
I want to thank everyone who has participated by sharing your comments with Joy Notes. I even heard from a member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, and they still need our prayers for healing.
You all have blessed me so much with your own stories and lives. If you missed any of these posts, here are the links:
I so hope Sunday Joy Notes have been encouragement for those who struggle with joy during the holidays. I for one will leave our decorations up for at least another week…it is too soon to take them down and I want to sit and look at the lights….and wonder.
KEEP SMILING, EVERYONE!
By Pamela Lutrell