by Harmony Vuycankiat
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I love this time of year. The vibrant colors of Fall and the crisp, cool temperatures invite me to take a walk down memory lane. The smoky scent of burning leaves always puts me in a nostalgic mood. I feel like a five year old again.
There is just something about the holidays that awakens the childlike heart within me.
There is so much excitement to be had, so much giddiness to take part in; and so much happiness to be found.
Jumping in piles of leaves with my sisters. Wearing cozy sweaters and fuzzy boots as my parents and I picked out the Christmas tree. Sipping hot cider from a reindeer mug in front of our fireplace. These are all images that conjure up memories of amazing times in my childhood spent with my loving family. Pictures of the past that remind me of why I am the way I am.
They remind me of who I am.
I have countless things to be grateful for because of these sacred memories but the thing that tops the list is simply this: I have never had to wonder if I am loved.
LOVE: the thing that this whole planet is desperately searching for. I have always had the incredible privilege of knowing where I can find it. Not because my family was perfect. Not because we all got along 100% of the time. No. Love was never doubted because it was so freely given.
And the fact that I’ve never had to wonder if I am loved gives me a whole new perspective on this time of year. So many are without people in their lives to whisper God’s goodness into their ears.
Because, really, that is what my family did for me. Each kiss goodnight was God’s tenderness on display. Each dinner at the table was heaven’s way of communicating the importance of relationship. Each song around the piano was a precious moment in time that forever remains a melody in my heart.
I have been given a gift and I do not take that for granted.
To those of you who do not have joyful memories to be grateful for, I am so sorry. God’s heart has always been to completely overwhelm you with His perfect love. It has never been to hurt you. But sometimes we humans do not deliver that message very well or maybe we do not deliver the message at all.
And I do not think I’m supposed to hoard my experience and leave you wondering, questioning, yearning, for this seemingly elusive concept called love.
So, on behalf of all those who did not relay God’s love to you, I apologize. Let me set the record straight. You have been loved from the start. You are loved right now at this very moment. And you will be loved tomorrow. No matter what. In fact, you cannot do anything to remove God’s love from you.
Take a moment and breathe that truth in deep. Doesn’t it feel good to be a child again?