The week after radiation ended, I returned back to work full time—and then some. Breast cancer is expensive, so I signed up for all the overtime I could. My battle cry for 2019 was “If I can just get through this, then it will all be better and we can enjoy life again.”
The first post-cancer mammogram in January was negative! “Now we can have fun!” we decided.
We booked a family vacation. I splurged on tickets to a music festival and a concert. My husband and daughter bought tickets to a different music festival and a sporting event. To top it off, they reserved a week in the Canadian wilderness to hunt bear with Grandpa Riese while I dreamed of a stay-cation writer’s retreat.
After pulling through 2019, 2020 would be the best year ever!
Best Year Ever – Cancelled
Instead of music festivals, we went to funerals. The passports remain locked up as securely as the Canadian border. Yes, we had a nice family vacation to South Dakota , including a beautiful hike up Harney’s Peak- the hike that gave me the closest thing I’ll have to a writer’s retreat as I recover from surgery to fix my ripped knee. And even the surgery itself was postponed by a positive covid test!
Our best year ever was cancelled.
Mariel’s post “Finally Cancelled” gave words to my family’s moments of self-pity: “We feel robbed as COVID cancels all that matters to us.”
But then she shared her own memories of another November 20 years ago when things she clung to were cancelled.
Insecurities, perfectionism, overwhelm, selfishness. Debt.
Jesus Is Never Cancelled
In November 2000, an atheist saw the Light for the first time. And her debt of sin was cancelled, not by a pandemic created to kill, but by a Savior born to give eternal life.In November 2000, an atheist saw the Light for the first time. And her debt of sin was cancelled, not by a pandemic created to kill, but by a Savior born to give eternal life. Click To Tweet
So as Mariel nudged me to again look back on 2020, I see even more that was cancelled, all thanks to Jesus.
The sting of death is cancelled as we know our loved ones are now with Jesus.
The sin of disappointment turned self-pity was cancelled on the Cross.
Hopelessness is cancelled as I turn to scripture.
Anxiety is cancelled when I press into His peace.
Do you catch yourself in an exhale of hopeful relief to see the first 2021 calendars hit the shelves? I admit, I bought mine earlier than ever this year.
But before we get too hasty to leave 2020 in the dust, join me on Finally Cancelled ,and remember all that Jesus cancels for us every single day.Grace & Truth: Not Cancelled Click To Tweet
Are You Up For Some Family Fun This Holiday Season?
Christmas is right around the corner. If you’re looking for something to do with your family over the holiday, consider teaching them how to make their own t-shirt or decorate a coffee mug. Everyone will walk away with keepsakes and memories, which will make this holiday a hit.
Now For This Week’s Link Up!
Let’s bless and encourage one another in our walk with the Lord…
We hope this link-up will be a source of encouragement each week. If you are a Christian blogger, we invite you to link up and meet new friends within the Christian blogging community. If you’re a reader, we encourage you to visit new bloggers and discover women who love Jesus as much as you do. Whoever you are, we hope you’ll meet Jesus here.
Join us each Friday for the Grace & Truth Link-Up!
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Let’s Talk About Jesus…
We are putting together an anthology that’s all about putting our faith into words.