At Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday, the prompt this week was the word CANCEL.
With a year like 2020 almost ready to be ripped off the calendar, do we just want to wash it away? How could we think of anything but CANCEL! As a world, countries across the globe have faced an unprecedented pandemic with deaths in the hundreds of thousands. In addition, in our own country, we endured not only the fear of what the pandemic could do to our families and loved ones, we faced bickering, protests, killings, social injustice, lawlessness, the tearing apart of a nation, and the news presenting pictures of our country that looked like a war zone. How could we not want to cancel those images or the fear that beset us?
However, in the midst of those terrors, God brought about heroes, grace, and His beauty as still witnessed in His creation. It became a year where we learned to treasure our families, call them often, learn how technology could bring us who were separated close together. As for me, I threw myself into a project I never would have begun. I dove into a book proposal group and started writing a book that would have still been waiting in the background of my mind.
There were humorous moments: laughter at finding antiseptic wipes. I said they meant more than M&M peanuts and started a plethora of comments from my friends. There was a comparison of finding baking flour with the scarcity of finding toilet paper.
In the long run, what did we take away? Do we really want to cancel 2020? Or do we just want the horrors of this year solved?
The prayer is that we find solutions for the heartaches of this year and keep our eyes fixed on God’s love, His beauty and the Scriptures that reflect His majesty and comfort in His creation. With photos that cement the words in our minds and hearts.
Praying for a Blessed 2021.
From My Heart to Yours,