Friends: I know this Christmas will bring bright joy to some and painful memories to others. Some of us will want the calendar to freeze so we can stay forever in a sweet moment. Others are gearing up for the feelings of loss & pain that are sure to meet them in the silence. This was a great year for some, and a painful year for others. Next year, we may all be sitting in different seats, going from pain to joy, or joy to pain – or more realistically, living in them both and learning how to walk as the hopeful wounded. That’s for God to decide, not us. May we humbly face whatever comes our way like Mary: “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)
You may be tempted this Christmas to feel alone. Don’t question what I’m going to say to you, just believe it: You’re not alone. The God who spoke you into existence sees you, and feels what you feel, and understands what you’re experiencing more fully that even you do. The eyes of everyone you know may not see the stormy seas beneath the surface of your life. Jesus sees. Jesus loves you. Jesus invites you to be known. Maybe the following words from God’s holy Scriptures are just what you need to hear. Remember, this is God’s Word, not some old book. God is speaking to you. Listen up:
“For we do not have a high priest (Jesus) who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16)
God’s throne is marked by grace. He delights in giving mercy. He loves helping us in our time of need. Please, will you go to Him? Don’t waste your pain this Christmas. Go to God’s throne of grace and ask for help in your time of need. You need Jesus more than you can possibly understand. His arms are open to you. Seek to stare into the eyes of God this Christmas season – the only eyes that ultimately matter. He gazes at you in His Word. Read it and be with Him.
Praise God for Jesus. We’re all lost causes without Him – and I seriously mean every word of that. We are lost without Him. Thank you Jesus for coming into this world and bearing the pain of it, taking our sin, guilt & shame so we can spend forever with you. Merry Christmas, friends.