As I sat in church today listening to Pastor Dean’s message, the reality that this week may not be a happy time for all sank in for me.
Maybe you just lost your job or are struggling to figure out how to make ends meet, maybe you were recently divorced and are trying to explain why mommy and daddy won’t be together Christmas morning, maybe your loved one just died and you’re trying to figure out how to make it through the holidays without him/her. Whatever your story, I pray you find the love of Christ this Christmas. He has compassion on you and wants you to know Him more. He loves you and is always near us-even when we walk away.
As I sat in the evening Christmas service tonight, we ended with a candle light ceremony signing Silent Night. Next to me was my two year old holding his candle perfectly still(except to blow it out once or twice and re-light it with mine) beaming with pride that he got to hold his own candle! Since Daddy had him under supervision, I found myself reflecting on what Mary must have felt holding that miracle in her arms. I know the feeling of holding my son and daughter was pretty darn amazing, but can you imagine holding the child of God? Wow!
I pray that whatever you’re going through this Christmas, may you share the love of Christ. May you experience the joy that came 2000 some nights ago in Bethlehem. He came to save the world-and you! Reflect on the true meaning and help those in need just as He would! Maybe it means inviting a couple in need to your family Christmas, or purchasing some gifts for the poor, or even serving at a rescue mission, or you could even call someone in need and see how they are really doing . Whatever you do-do it for the Lord and celebrate His birthday!