I love the Christmas season. It’s evident in my over-the-top decorating, baking, and in my writing. My new novel, Postmark from the Past is the story of Emily Patterson who doesn’t believe in miracles, even at Christmas. Even when strange, miraculous events occur, Emily is a skeptic. She refuses to believe something wonderful can happen to her just because it’s Christmas time.
There’s something special about the Christmas season. I believe it’s the gift of hope given to all mankind that causes us to believe anything can happen at this time of the year. The birth of a baby born to a virgin has been the catalyst for many people to become believers in miracles. Others choose to celebrate Santa and his bag of gifts instead of the new-born Messiah. For those who are skeptical, here’s what Paul Freeman told his congregation in Postmark from the Past. “For those of you having trouble believing or receiving the miracle of the Christ child, there is one other verse I would like to share with you. It is found in Luke 1:37, ‘For with God nothing shall be impossible.’ Leave it in God’s hands.”
Whether you believe in Christmas miracles or not, the fictional minister’s words are true. Leave it to a higher power. After all, miracles happen when things are out of our control, things we can’t do anything about. Let me quote my character, the minister, once again as he reminds his congregation about the shepherds and their response to the angel’s message of the new baby. “They said, ‘let us go to Bethlehem and see for ourselves.'”
Maybe a spiritual trip to Bethlehem to see for yourself is in order.