A good story brings such satisfaction!
I suppose that is why so much of my family’s tradition includes Christmas stories.
From Dr. Seuss’, The Grinch to O.Henry’s, The Gift of the Magi, there is much delight. Troubles and problems are taken care of by mysterious changing of hearts and amazing and sacrificial offerings of love.
Heart and love are key elements woven into the best of stories. It’s no wonder my family holds so much anticipation for the same stories re-read and re-read, year after year. Whether on pages or on the screen, we line up the stories and dig into the reading and viewing from Thanksgiving eve to Christmas Day.
I believe we are created to crave the resolution of conflict with a changed heart that has been turned around by love.
It is God’s way.
It is the whole of the Christmas story; Jesus in the flesh, come to earth to be born. Why? To change hearts by way of His sacrificial love for us. And so, we love to hear that theme over and over… on the pages of books and on the screen in the movies.
HOPE resounds! And we all love HOPE.
May I suggest a new read, or perhaps a re-read of a story that was crafted by me and eight other author friends: The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt.
Kick off your Christmas story season with this tale – you won’t be disappointed.