This is “the most wonderful time of year”, yet sometimes it is hard to breathe deep without feeling sorrow or pain.
This is a season of “comfort and joy”, yet sometimes the tears don’t stop flowing.
This is the season to “rock around the Christmas tree” yet pulling the covers off and getting out of bed is a chore.
This is a season to admire the “beautiful sights” yet the light is blinding and the world seems empty and ugly.
If this is you, you’re not alone. Grief doesn’t pause for decorations and presents. Loneliness doesn’t fade away with the onslaught of activity and people everywhere you look. Those wounds you’ve been nursing don’t heal in melodies of Christmas songs about joy and happiness.
YET…there is Christ.
He is peace. He is hope. He is joy. He catches every tear and knows every pain. He doesn’t want you to put up a Christmas tree and fake it. He wants you to seek him. Jesus came into this world to bridge the separation between us and God. His birth was the beginning of the end of condemnation for sin. It meant that we could enter into a personal relationship with the Lord who brings us comfort.
I can look back on my darkest seasons and all I see is the light that sustained me. I know there was pain, yet he carried me. When I could barely breathe without crying He was there to hold me and remind me that I belong to Him.
He is in the midst of every struggle, every pain, every broken dream, every shattered heart. So the next time you’re struggling and you gaze upon the tree remember Jesus and His love.
This is “the most wonderful time of year” because we celebrate the birth of a savior who wants to draw close to us.
This is a season of “comfort and joy” if we allow the Lord to enter into our pain.
This is a season to “rock around the Christmas tree” in an expression of worship to the Lord because He wants to dance with us, even in the rain.
This is a season to admire the “beautiful sights” of restoration of souls that have found their way into the arms of a loving savior.
This is the season to remember Jesus.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
“In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.”