The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:4-5
Saturday, December 5: There is no getting around the fact that we are now deep into the holiday season. Even the most persistent humbugs most resistant to celebration have ventured into the attic and at least contemplated decorations.
And this year – maybe because of COVID rather than in spite of – it seems even more appropriate to throw a little bling around and an extra tree or two and light up the neighborhood in a show of festive defiance.
The “Show of Festive Defiance” idea is a great concept! Kind of an “in your face” response to all the negativity that has been sucking the oxygen out of every newscast, every room, every conversation, every political debate.
Solidarity with hope and promise:
We’re not going crazy here at Maul-Hall, and our exterior decorations are on the subtle side; but we are at least joining in with what must be a deliberate and collective effort to unseat doubt and to demonstrate solidarity with hope and promise.
“I’m so sorry 2020,” we can say, poised on the brink of feeding another hungry family, sharing hope with those who have lost theirs, raising another tree, or lighting up another section of our community, “but we absolutely refuse to roll over, lie down, cry uncle, or even nod in the direction of defeat any more. We are free people, thank you very much, and we choose to shine.”
And “BAM!” there you go, another set of lights goes up, another flock of angels descends from on high, another squadron of winged crystal flying pigs (yes, we have those) takes up residence on a tree.
It’s all about incarnation, friends; about the fact of radiance, goodness, light, and love; about putting some live ammunition to go with our quiet faith…
It’s about this show of festive defiance.
It’s about Jesus. – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.