Last Monday my brother and I picked up his (fixed & healthy) car in Beckley, WV. (re: Life is a Gift post.) Due to weekend commitments we zoomed there and back again in one day through torrential rains and dense fog in the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia.
When we stopped in Short Pump (Richmond) for dinner, I saw this slightly skewed tree in a window of a shop called “Altar’d State.” Fit my mood at the end of a long day (we left home @ 6:15AM and returned at 9:15PM.)
I’ve never seen an Altar’d State store before, but this “altered” Christmas tree with the off-kilter star on top resonated.
Sometimes our holidays don’t go as we planned. Sometimes our lives don’t go as planned. Sometimes alternative paths and “Plan Bs” set our hearts askew.
But, here’s the thing about Advent and Christmas. When everything has altered from what we know, God is here for us, with us – in us – with love to carry us into the new.
Even if our stars are a little askew…
Virginia : )
“When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a Light unto me.” Micah 7:8