We search diligently and sometimes desperately and still cannot find God in our hearts or minds or souls. The words of Psalm 23 might well become a stumbling block rather than an uplifting affirmation. I know there have been times in my life that this sense of loss of God, or of my inability to find God in certain situations, has been haunting.
When we affirm our love for God, we also affirm our love of our selves, of our worthiness, for God counts us as worthy. Remember the great commandment to love God with all our hearts, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
In the resurrection, the scent of frankincense gives way to the fragrance of Spring. And on Easter, when the church celebrates what God has done and is still doing, we remember that even when the ground is parched and dry, there is a spring that awaits, and the green grass rises from the chaff of yesterday into the promise of tomorrow.
Think of it like this…if the song in my hearts is always “Don’t tread on me,” we will find ourselves constantly defensive and isolated. If the song in my heart is always, “God’s love defines me,” we will find ourselves more open and inclusively-minded.
Christmas memories can truly be up lifting. Both the sacred Christmas and the secular Christmas offer wonderful memories that can uplift a troubled day and bring joy to those who can recall and release into the memories.