By Naomi Musch
Are you having a “normal” Christmas this year? For me, I kind of wonder what that is. Life is not static, that’s for sure. Seems like every month there’s some upheaval, some extenuating family circumstance, some mysterious new unknown that keeps me ever-adjusting and walking by faith. Some of the changes that come along are exciting. Others are stressful and make me wonder what the holidays will hold for my family. You know just what I mean, right? I listen to Bing Crosby singing I’ll Be Home for Christmas, but even Bing mentioned that sometimes it was only in his dreams.
Still, even with so many things that change from season to season keeping us from establishing certain traditions or feeling the temporal peace we want, one thing stays the same. Christmas is still about coming home. Take a look at all those tear-jerking Hallmark card commercials where the soldier comes home for the holidays. And you know that on Christmas morning, the best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup with the returning big brother, right? How many holiday-romance-novels-turned-Lifetime-Movie-Network dramas will you watch about going home and starting over?
This isn’t by mistake. Take a look at the Christmas Story itself. Joseph and Mary go home to Bethlehem where the Christ child is born. The world, through Jesus, discovers what it means to come home to the personal relationship with God for which He created us.
What about you? Will you be going home to family this year or have family coming home to you? Or will your coming home center around nostalgic memories or time spent with friends?
And now the big question. Will your faith carry you home closer to the heart of God? I hope that no matter how crazy your world is (and believe me, I’m well acquainted with crazy uncertainties right now) I hope you are getting a chance to truly be at home in Christ. No matter where or how you’ll be celebrating the holidays, I hope He is the Peace of your Christmas.
Coming home is also the theme of my newest novel Paint Me Althena. Ava is a young wife and mother who regrets what she lost when she abandoned her family three years ago. But she still hasn’t found herself, so how can she ever measure up to the perfection of Jackie, the woman who hopes to take her place? Can her husband Ethan and their girls ever forgive her betrayal, or will the tentative safety net of Ethan’s home break its hold?
Naomi Musch writes from the Wisconsin north woods where she and husband Jeff live as epically as God allows on a ramshackle farm near their five adult children. Amidst it, she writes about imperfect people who are finding hope and faith to overcome their struggles and about lives touched by grace. Her most recent title Paint Me Althena is a work of contemporary women’s fiction, and she is the author of the historical fiction series Empire in Pine and the romantic novella Heart Not Taken.
She invites readers to say hello and find out more about her stories, passions, and other writing venues at http://www.naomimusch.com or to look her up on Facebook (Naomi Musch – Author) Twitter (NMusch) and Goodreads.