Christmas time….a time where we experience laughter, excitement, fun, and celebrations…
but not for all.
When I was a child there was such magic in Christmas. Everything seemed to be wonderful and perfect…with the lights, the Christmas trees, the decorations, the music, the excitement of Santa. But as I’ve grown older and experienced life, the pain of loss, and heartache, Christmas has changed. My eyes have been opened to the fact that for so many of us Christmas is not wonderful and perfect, but sad and broken. Sad and broken because of the loss of a mom or dad, a spouse, a child. Sad and broken because the loss of a job, a broken family, a sickness. And the idea that Christmas should be perfect only seems to magnify the problems and heartache.
There are so many reasons that you may be experiencing a sad and broken Christmas. But I want you to know that amidst your heartache there is hope and joy. Hope and joy that came through the birth of a baby boy that was born so long ago; that we celebrate each time this year. Just like those that were waiting for Jesus: the people were broken, tired, weary, and looking for their Savior. Someone who would bring them out of their pain and suffering and to give them hope.
“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means, ‘God is with us.'”
Even though things around us are bright and cheery, inside, some of us are experiencing heartache. But God is with us. God became flesh, to walk this earth, to show us His love, and to be with us. Can you even fathom the love?!? That the creator of the universe would leave Heaven to stoop down to our messed up world to be near us? Even today He is near.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
I think Christmas might be better broken. It reminds me that I need Jesus. That I so desperately need a Savior. It reminds me that I am so so thankful that God decided to send His son Jesus to this world as a baby to live among us, to teach us, to die for us, and rise again so that we can always have Him near us…and to have hope here on this earth…and hope for the eternal.
I pray that you will all have a very blessed Christmas. That you will cherish each and every moment and find the joys and blessings in the big things and the small. And when everything calms down and gets quiet, remember that He is with us always…forever.
“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”
John 1: 14