This last blog post of 2015 provides one more opportunity for me to say, “Christmas is the most wonderful time of year!” – you’ve heard that from me a few times now I know…
I do realize that it is also a very difficult time for many people.
There are 2 facts that stand behind my strong feelings of this being “the most wonderful time of year”:
1.) Jesus. Jesus is where our hope becomes complete. This time of year helps us quickly remember what life is really about. We run around every day, all year long, meeting all kinds of demands. We do it all for the right reasons (hopefully), but the demands cause us to forget that it’s not about what we can see. Our stay on this earth is temporary and the birth of Jesus reminds us that life is about our Savior and the eternal life made possible by His birth.
2.) Generosity. People are most generous this time of year – hearts pour out to help others in so many ways at Christmas time. I love to watch and hear stories of people serving, caroling, giving their time and money for so many great causes. The blessings from one to another are about loving others and putting aside selfish desires. Even for those that are hurting, Christmas can be seen as a wonderful time because of the love demonstrated by so many.
I was in Walmart recently and got to chatting with the cashier. She was sharing with me some of the decorating she had done for Christmas and how she struggles this time of year since losing her husband 5 years ago.
As we talked, she seemed to reminisce and find serenity in the upcoming thrill of watching her grandchildren this Christmas. Her smile became infectious!
I’ve thought about her a lot and the transition she made during our discussion. The holidays always seem to tug on our heart strings as we think about those we love so much. I seem to miss my grandmother more and I can’t wait to have my family together, but worry about them traveling. It’s easy to get swept away in so many feelings.
What do we do with all these emotions?
Pray to the One who has conquered this world. Only He can provide the comfort each of us longs for. I can say this with certainty, because I have tried many other ways to comfort myself that did not work! When I lean on my Savior, He never lets me down.
I pray that no matter where you find yourself this Christmas season, that the love of Jesus will be the comforter you turn to. That you would know the truth – His Love ALWAYS Wins Out.
Merry Christmas to You and Yours
May God richly you bless you this Christmas season with the gift of
knowing JESUS deep inside your heart.
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