Savor 2020: Christmas in July?

In early April, I shared this update on my 2020 word, Savor. It’s been three months, and so much has changed as we continue to navigate this strange season of life together.

If you are catching up, here’s the first post, as in recent years, I’ve picked a word or Bible passage to focus on throughout the year. We are halfway through the summer and over halfway through the year and we’ve reached the consumer driven celebration of “Christmas in July,” even in the midst of COVID.

I think about the amazing news and celebration of Jesus’ birth, and how much Mary must have treasured being a new mom and birthing the Son of God! As I try and gather up and savor the memories from 2020, I wonder if she also pondered the big, hard, uncertain seasons that would be part of her son’s life.

We have found ourselves in a big, hard, uncertain season with a lot of doubting and wrestling with decisions, actions and words. It’s difficult to celebrate much of anything, but that is what I try to do as I ponder and savor each day that God gives to me.

When I think of the word ‘Savor’ it usually connects me to something good and pleasing and I am finding those moments in this season.

  • A cup of coffee in the quiet of the morning
  • A visual faith hymn journal to walk through the summer in God’s Word
  • Driving to a worship service that meets outdoors and being allowed to sit at a distance and yet still feeling connected.
  • A supportive partner
  • Amazing friends who check in without expectation

But what about the hard stuff? Am I to savor and ponder the things I don’t want to remember or dwell upon? I would venture to say, “yes,” because God is working in all of it.

I remember when this song came out (this year I think), and thinking how important a message it shared. In any season of life, the sentiment rings true, but in a season where we want everything to return to some semblance of normal, it requires stepping up to the challenge.

“Singing Oh Lord keep me in the moment
Help me live with my eyes wide open
‘Cause I don’t wanna miss what You have for me”

These lyrics resonate with me today. I can imagine they would be words Mary would have sung as she savored the life given to her and the Son of God and Man as a baby.

I hope to unpack all that I have savored in the next few posts, both the pleasing and the disheartening. We all want to get out of this pandemic and back to something we know and understand. But God’s calling us forward, on a path we don’t know very well. He promises to be there with us and that is more than we could hope for.

“Singing oh Lord, show me what matters
Throw away what I’m chasing after
‘Cause I don’t wanna miss what you have for me” 

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