Merry Christmas! I hope that you are enjoying your holiday so far. I’ve been sick with a terrible cough that just won’t quit, and I’d like to say that while everyone around me has been hustling and bustling, I’ve been pondering the true meaning of Christmas, but mostly I’ve been on the couch, flipping through channels and trying to keep my lungs in.
But I did come across a TV show that really struck me. It was about people shopping for wedding dresses of all things. Anyways, the bride-to-be was told to close her eyes as she was led to a mirror. When she was asked to open her eyes, she shook her head and started to cry. She was so afraid to look at her reflection. I started to cry too because she really did look beautiful. And I thought, “Come on, it takes only one second . . . Just do it. It takes more effort to keep your eyes closed anyway.”
After a lot of convincing, she finally opened her eyes. And of course, it wasn’t as bad as she thought it would be. Then she tried on another wedding dress and ended up loving the second one. By the end, she even started winking at herself in the mirror like she was hot stuff. Quite a transformation, huh?
Sometimes all it takes is just one moment of courage. Just one look. There’s even a scripture about looking at the brass serpent and being healed and yet because of the easiness of the task, the children of Israel refused to look and missed out on miraculous healing.
I really do think that “one look” can bring about miracles. And because of the season we are in, it’s my hope that we will set aside our incessant worries, our past experiences and disappointments for just a moment and do just that. Look and receive.
Have a wonderful and joyous holiday and have a happy new year!