Heavenly Hints

It’s no secret about my love for the holidays, there is a feeling that comes around once a year. You can sense it with the music, the laughter, the smells, the overall more generous tendency. Like Andy Williams said, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s the hap-happiest season of all.” The holidays for me are like a home calling card, a heavenly hint. We are the only species that experience this.

Me and my husband were in the living room watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and our dog decided to get out of bed and join us in the living room. When she came down the hallway to the tune of pitter-patter on the laminate floor, we exuberantly exclaimed, “Happy Thanksgiving Sadie!” We love our dogs as you can tell. They really are a part of the family. Then my husband said sensitively as he patted her head, “This is just another day to you, isn’t it?” It is the truth, Sadie doesn’t experience that nostalgia, or longing the way we do. God placed in us something exceptional. He made us in his image.

After watching a bit of the parade, I decided to go for a jog in our neighborhood before I digest a weeks worth of calories. As I walked, taking in God’s beautiful creation, I  began to give thanks for all his bountiful blessings, I became overwhelmed with that home calling card.  I usually take my walks around this time everyday, but today was different. As I walked down the streets, there were kids riding their bikes, laughing and playing; adults waving, and wishing me Happy Thanksgiving, families in their driveways playing games.  I could feel my eyes welling up with tears; the heavenly calling card was giving me a ring. I thought to myself,  this is what we long for, this is what we hope for. We long for unity, genuine goodness, unconditional love, togetherness, no more division, no more discord, no more dysfunction, no more derision.  The beauty and the longing are not IN THE holidays themselves, or the music, or the smells or the feelings, it just coming THROUGH it. It’s a calling card to home! The beauty is in Christ. The oneness is in Him! The harmony that we long for is in Jesus. He is the source.

As you go about your Thanksgiving today, take notice of the heavenly hints,  God’s calling card and give thanks for He loves you with an everlasting love!

Happy Thanksgiving,


“These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshipers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.” C.S. Lewis


10 Replies to “Heavenly Hints”

  1. This is so good. We were all watching The Santa Claus this afternoon after a day of battling a really wicked stomach bug and I had similar feelings. Maybe it was how I was just completely spent physically and emotionally from being so sick, but watching Tim Allen at the North Pole, and then afterward when he wakes up in his bed and he’s wearing the PJs…I just started balling! I know, silly. But it was this moment of….it’s real! And then later in the movie when he leaves the Miller house in the sleigh and the crowd outside just gasps and goes ooooh! At the sight of Santa and his reindeer. It’s real, we always knew it was real and now we’re seeing it! It reminded me of CS Lewis actually. Santa from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. This is all real, our calling cards, the heavenly hints, it’s real!

    Great story of your thanksgiving and God speaking heaven to you! Great encouragment!!

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    1. Thank you Joel! So sorry to hear you all were fighting illness. I hope you all are on the road to recovery.
      I love the Tim Allen Santa movies. I totally know what you mean about balling. Poler express does that to me when santa takes off from the north pole in his sleigh.
      That longing is going to always show up until we get home I suppose.
      It’s a sweet hint.
      Happy thanksgiving to you and your family.


  2. Love this Johanna! Definitely saw similar things in our home as well. Heavenly hints are so beautiful. I long to be home with our Lord, some days it’s so overwhelming, I can’t wait!

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