Of my entire life, last Christmas was the first Christmas that I believed in God. This is the first Christmas where I really felt it. Tonight, at Midnight Mass, will be the first time I’ve ever gone to church for Christmas. After 30 years, tonight I will actually celebrate the birth of Christ, in prayer, in a church.
Christmas is so much more beautiful than it used to be, now that I’m a Christian; yet in some ways it’s now wonderfully anticlimactic. When I was an atheist, this season of peace and hope and joy was so special to me, so very different from the rest of the year. Yet since I’ve come to the shocking realization that God exists, that the Christian claims are true, every day is like Christmas. Every day — even bad days — I carry with me that unique peace and hope and joy that comes only from God.
Thank you to every single one of my readers, to those who offer their thoughts through comments or emails, and for those who have kept me in their prayers as I’ve stumbled along in this spiritual journey. May God bless you all, and have a very merry Christmas!
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