Have You Seen? {December 20th, 2020}

Last Week’s Theme: Anticipation

Anticipation in a Weary World by Monica F—”I’ll be the first to admit– it’s been hard to hope for anything good during this season. I’m distanced and disconnected from people I love and care about. I’ve been pretty discouraged, and have had a difficult time focusing on the sacred this season.”

A Lighthearted Christmas Tale {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”This week our super short Christmas story, Reginald’s Christmas Revel by H.H. Munro, details a holiday gathering full of mishaps and ends with Reginald mischievously causing a commotion during his visit with the Babwolds.”

He Is Gracious by Dani Fairbairn—”But as time went on, the joy of summer wore off and the pandemic wore on. My confident proclamation was replaced with doubts and questions like, ‘Okay, well, what now?’ “

A Hug From 20 Years Ago by Danielle Wheeler—”While the world is reeling this holiday season, we acknowledge that separation and distance from our family are griefs with which we are well acquainted. That doesn’t mean, however, that we were prepared for them this year.”

From Around the Web

Merry Gentle Christmas

Advent Reflections: Journey in the Valley

Are You Ready for the O Antiphons?

Flights of Fancy During Grounded Times

Small Acts of Faith

On Instagram: Hard Things Can Move You Closer to God and COVID: The Good, The Bad, and the Privilege

Finally, Collect the Quiet

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

Photo by Jessica Delp on Unsplash

You are not forgotten or abandoned.

Jesus is God’s reminder that He loves us. He saw us in our sin and weakness, yet in His kindness He didn’t leave us there.

What an indescribable gift is ours. May this fill our hearts with gratitude this week.

From all of us at Velvet Ashes, may your Christmas celebrations be sweet right where you are as we thank God for the Light that presses back the darkness!

#VelvetAshesGratitude

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