It’s that time of year again, it Christmas time. It’s holiday cheer, music, decorations, and other festivities. It’s presents for those near and far, and a time when people are more giving, thoughtful, and loving. It’s a time most everyone looks forward to. There will be found memories of Christmas’ past and new memories to be made. Yes, for most this will be a joyful time, but for others this will be a painful time.
Like Thanksgiving there are some people this Christmas that are dealing with something painful in their lives. Maybe it’s the from the past, maybe it is something you are going through now. There is no denying that for the honest want of joy, singing, smiles, and laughter that underneath the pain is there. It is real, and it won’t go away.
I know first hand…I am one of those people. As my divorce nears, I won’t be with my wife, and kids this year. There won’t be our traditional tree decorating, family dinner or opening presents together this year. So that what am I to do? As a Christ follower, how do deal with this pain? I go to Christ because through Him I have direct access to the Father.
- For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, (1 Timothy 2:5)
I chose to celebrate my relationship with Christ. Through prayer, and thankfulness for His love & mercy, I find peace. I could chase after other things to find comfort and peace, but those things won’t last. Only God Almighty sustains.
- Rejoice in the Lord always ; again I will say, rejoice ! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phillipans 4:4-7)
I can approach God with a humble heart, and surrender my pain, and fears to Him. It’s comforting to know that at the right time He will bring me through this season. I know that He will because He loves me!
- Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7)
- “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. 15 “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble ; I will rescue him and honor him. 16 “With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation.” (Psalm 91:14-16)
Above all I elevate the miracle, and glorious wonder that God the Son chose to leave Heavenly glory, and come to Earth. To come in the most humble of births so that He could pay the penalty for our sin on the Cross. God with Us! Then my pain pales in comparison to our beautiful Savior, Jesus Christ.
- “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign : Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
- For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders ; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
- But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities ; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
Jesus knew that in this world we would “have trouble.” We can take comfort that Christ lived as a man, and experienced pain, rejection, and sorrow. He can relate to us personally. We can rejoice, and find joy that only Christ can give us. Jesus is the greatest gift of all. That is reason to celebrate alone. Tis the season to be more than jolly, but to be joyful no matter what the circumstance.