Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A Hallmark(ish) Christmas

Photo by Mourad Saadi
I'll admit it, I love Hallmark movies. From the weekend after Halloween to New Year's Day, I watch them.  I don't watch them 24/7, because, you know, I do have a life, but I like to watch the new premieres they have on the weekends.  I like them because they put you in the Christmas spirit.  They show beautiful towns and Christmas traditions, families, carols and most of all, love.

My husband has tried to put a damper on my Hallmark movie watching ever since he saw a comedian talking about them.  He points out that they all have the same plotline.  That they don't want women to work and they all focus on a single woman needing to find a man by Christmas.  While I get where the comedian is coming from, I don't think the jokes are completely true.

The premise of most of the movies is that we work too much instead of focusing on what is truly important in life, family and love.  Yes, they all do end with someone falling in love and a kiss in the last few minutes of the show, but who doesn't like a happy ending?  In life, there don't seem to be that many happy endings, so sometimes you just want to curl up with some hot chocolate, a Christmas cookie and a warm blanket and watch a heartwarming movie about love.

Genesis 2:18 tells us that "It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him."  I always thought of this verse in the context of marriage, but I recently heard someone say that we are never really alone.  We are not alone, because we have the love of God right by our side.  For many, he does give a marriage partner as a helper, and to others, he gives the gift of good friends, family and church companions.  God never leaves us completely alone, because he is a God of love.  There have been times in my life where I have felt completely and desperately alone, but it was then that I looked to the promises of God, knowing that he was there even when I couldn't feel him.  It was also in those times that he brought me the comfort of friends and the love that only he could provide.

Wherever you are in life right now, know that it doesn't matter if your life looks like a Hallmark movie.  If your house doesn't look like a Pinterest board, you haven't baked any cookies, you haven't shopped for all those gifts and you haven't found that right person to kiss by midnight, it's ok.  Because you are completely and utterly loved by God.  The Creator and Sustainer of the universe, who came down to earth as a tiny babe, so that we could wrap our arms around him and hold him as a child.  Come and see this love that God has sent for you in the manger this Christmas.

"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love." 
 ~Hamilton Wright Mable

Let's go out and spread that love and light to a world that desperately needs it.

Merry Christmas from Pancakes and Perseverance!

Peace and Love to you,
Alisa Laska

Photo by Gareth Harper