The Comfort of Consistency
by Steph Beth Nickel
I’ve become one of those people.
Seven years ago, my then future daughter-in-law first came to visit from across the Pond.
Because our home is well over 100 years old, it looks best when it’s decorated for Christmas. So, that year, we decorated mid-November.
And that’s when it all began.
We’ve been decorating “early” ever since. My hubby set up his extensive Dicken’s Village from Department 56 on November 12 this year. The following Sunday, I set up my smaller (but more fun) Whoville Village on the mantel.
The trees went up last week. Yes, trees—plural.
At this time of year, I can count on my hubby’s inner child surfacing. Christmas is his favourite time of year. After decades of marriage, his love for the season has finally rubbed off on me.
And don’t we all need a little enthusiasm, positivity, and just plain ole fun?
The past couple of years have weighed us all down with challenges we never anticipated—and some we saw coming but would rather have avoided.
Unprecedented. Pivot. New normal. We’ve all heard these words Far. Too. Often.
But in the midst of it all … consistency.
Christmas comes round every year. Hopefully, the season brings you far more joy than anything else. (While I do love my hubby’s enthusiasm and a laidback approach to the twenty-fifth—something we started even before 2020—I do miss visiting my extended family and celebrating in person with my sons and their wives. But let’s not dwell on that. Thank You, Lord, for Zoom!)
And hard on the heels of Christmas … a brand new year. Twenty-twenty-two. Can you believe it?
This time of year means more than coloured lights, Christmas villages, and a catered turkey dinner. (Hey, don’t judge!) It also means goal-setting time, which I love.
What do we want to accomplish in the next 13 months? What small steps can we take to get closer to our dreams and aspirations? How can we do our part to fulfill our responsibilities—both paid and volunteer?
I love a fresh new year … or month … or week. These are constants in my life, consistency that gives me an anchor as I get tossed around on the sea that is the world in the 21st century.
But the Real Anchor is not routine—although it’s comforting. It’s not even my hubby’s tangible joy as December 25 approaches. No matter what’s going on, no matter what time of year, the truth of Hebrews 13:8 keeps me from drifting when the seas are calm. And it keeps me from sinking in the midst of crashing waves. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (ESV).
He is my Anchor, my Constant, my Security.
As you look ahead to the holiday season with its joys and challenges … As you approach the new year with expectation or hesitation … As you seek to make it through just one more day … I trust you will find your comfort and security in the truth of the unchanging Jesus Christ.
Steph Beth Nickel is an editor, writer, and birth doula. If you would like more information about her services, you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org;
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