2:00 A.M, Christmas Eve: I have just started this post. I will not renege on my 25-day commitment to blog through Christmas. My daughter finished up some pecan pie cupcakes with whipped cream maple frosting just a few hours ago and my home smells of Christmas. The dining room table is flooded with apparel to imprint with Christian designs and I wearily question what I am doing. My daughter offers, “you will figure it out mom”, (I am thankful that she can be an encourager). There are gifts to wrap, cleaning, cooking, sleeping and primping to do before this evening when we have a celebration service at church and family gathering that will follow. Tomorrow I host dinner—It’s all good.
My thoughts have been reflecting on others this Christmas. For every joyful engagement announced during this season, there is someone suffering the pain of divorce. For every newborn in “Babies First Christmas” footed pajamas, there are parents with terminally ill children and some that are mourning loss. When a Facebook posting appears in my News Feed of elaborate meals and fanciful baking, I am reminded of a soldier in the military away from his wife, or husband, and children. Many all over the globe do not have sufficient food to sustain them. Regardless, I will enjoy the evening ahead.
I imagine that the mourning parents of the Sandy Hook tragedy would want others to enjoy their children and families this Christmas. Otherwise, it would be victory for evil to steal more joy from this season. Still, we do not forget.
Most of us have experienced tragedies and despair. There was a period in my life when I gave into despair and became overwhelmed with living. I was numb with indifference and non-responsive to the world around me. My response to the darkness in the world was to withdraw and close it out. But, this response is not acceptable for a Christian—God wants us to give Him our burdens, turn from darkness and to reflect Light in this dark World.
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. John 16:33
Jesus came to earth for our mourning,
I will turn their mourning into joy and will comfort them and give them joy for their sorrow. Jeremiah 31:13 (NASB)
Jesus came for the unloved,
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! 1 John 3:1
Jesus felt our tiredness,
… but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
Jesus knew rejection,
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39 (NIV)
Jesus came to give Hope,
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” Luke 18:27 (NIV)
Jesus came in compassion,
The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. Proverbs 24:16 (NLT)
Jesus comforts the lonely,
… the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
Jesus will restore you,
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 (NASB)
Jesus is Peace!
For God is not the author of confusion but of peace … 1 Corinthians 14:33 (NKJV)
Whatever your need, Christ overcame this World and Peace is in Him.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Let us walk in the Light of the Lord. Isaiah 2:5
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6
Update, Monday 12/25, noon EST, a share from Auntie Em: