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I am surrounded by white Christmas lights and the smell of freshly baked Christmas cookies. Packages are wrapped. I'm drinking coffee out of a festive mug and stacking words like I have endless time. If you were to peek in the frosty window with snow softly falling, you would see the markings of holiday perfection. Your heart would warm.
My heart is warm, too, only because I'm clunking through the season with a know-so hope. This advent season, I have one job.
It's not easy to believe, especially when things don't go how you think they should go.
Sometimes believing gets mixed up with hoping. I'm learning there are two kinds of hope:
- hope-so hope
- know-so hope
My job is to believe in a know-so hope. This is faith. It's not easy to keep believing in good when everything is unraveling. The truth is, holding tight to a deep faith is a battle.
Looking through the window into someone's life can be deceiving. Things are not picture-perfect for our family.
I wrote a post on a private blog where I'm allowing our current story to unfold raw and real. These words spilled out:
Sometimes honesty is hideous.
This week, my friend, Christy Rush-Levine, wrote me a note in response. It said:
The hideous truth of your story is that it is a beautiful story.
The writer in me appreciated the juxtaposition of her words. It is true. Sometimes the most beautiful stories are hideous as they unfold. It is an act of faith to believe there will be beauty out of the grime.
Today I celebrate the know-so hope (also called faith) that ugly stories can turn beautiful.
I'm glad you're here to celebrate too.
Just in case you missed this week's writing post, make sure to check it out. It's about what to say in a writing conference and is filled with good stuff!