As I drafted Mistletoe Movie Star, the fun, light-hearted bits came together quickly. I liked Char and Jonas’s backstory, but the story initially lacked the substance of Mistletoe Melody and Mistletoe Mission, and I longed to write more than an entertaining narrative. I wanted a story that probed deeper. I wanted to write a story that stirred an emotional response while challenging the reader. It was at this point that I attended a local city council meeting addressing our growing homeless population.
As winter temperatures dipped to life-threatening lows, concern for those without warm and safe beds grew. Several people from different churches banded together to combine their energy and resources into serving this community that had been surviving in tents. Their passion for the least among us inspired my heroine Charlene. Char’s drive for those less fortunate in Mistletoe Movie Star shines in her speech to the town council. Her line about God making each person in the transient community in His image and thereby declaring them deserving of dignity and stability come right from my friend’s speech to our city council.
My hopes for Mistletoe Movie Star changed the night of that meeting. I knew that I wanted a story that was more than pretty snow and sleigh bells, more than Santa slipping down the chimney or leaving out cookies and milk, and I got one. This story became my prayer for my community and yours.
As you read Mistletoe Movie Star and appreciate anew the gifts bestowed upon you from the Father, I pray that you will be inspired to care for those God has placed in your path. I pray that you will consider how your giftedness might be what your community needs to better serve the least among us. You don’t have to kick-start a winter warming shelter to make a difference in the world. Change often happens one smile, one gift, one soul at a time.