Radical Joy Revealed
April 12, 2017

Radical Joy Revealed is a weekly message of inspiration about finding and making beauty in wounded places. We hope you'll enjoy these doorways into places that are both familiar and surprising, and we welcome your suggestions, stories, and photos. Click here to subscribe. 

Christmas came--or, rather came back--to Homewood, Alabama , a Birmingham suburb, after an elderly man received a rebuke from an anonymous neighbor about what she saw as his failure to comply with seasonal protocol.
After chiding the man, identified only as "Mr. Frank," for leaving his Christmas decorations up, the letter writer told him he should clean up his yard. The note ended, "It might be in your best interest to consider selling your home so the yard can be properly landscaped and the house torn down (so a new one can be built that is more fitting with the other homes on the street). Thank you."
Shocked and hurt, Mr. Frank showed the letter to his neighbor, Kris Griffin. Her reaction was outrage. "If Christmas lights bother them," she asserted, "we're going to show them some Christmas lights."
So she hauled her own decorations out of the attic and put them up again. And within days, the entire community was winking with Christmas cheer.
Another Homewood resident, Lindsay Rhodes, spoke of the neighbors' spontaneous, creative support of Mr. Franks. "The country as a whole has some bullying issues. And by showing our support in this small way... I think we can try to move past that feeling like we are helpless."
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