This is not your typical week-before-Christmas blog post, but for me, this hasn’t been a typical Christmas season.
Don’t get me wrong. The last few weeks have definitely had their moments of peace, joy and merriment. But mixed in with all those moments have been periods of anxiety, stress and internal struggle unlike anything I’ve experienced for several years.
I have some ideas about the root causes of all this turmoil, but that’s not why I’m telling you this. I’m sharing this today because I have a sneaky suspicion I’m not the only one. When I say the struggle has been real for me lately, I’m guessing maybe some of you can relate.
And if that’s the case, I want to share with you what I’ve been sharing with myself: the truth about God, and about Christmas.
Straight from the pages of scripture, here it is. God is the faithful and true Witness, the Bright Morning Star, the God of heaven, the Lord of the earth, the King of the nations, the Righteous One. He is our creator, our deliverer, our protector, our rock, our fortress, our shield, our stronghold, our help, our shepherd.
He is “a helper who is always found in times of trouble.” He is “the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the distant seas.” And, as we especially remember at Christmastime, He is Immanuel, God with us.
Think about that for a minute. The same God who hung the moon and the stars in the sky became flesh and made His dwelling among us. He’s not some kind of long-distance savior. He could have provided any number of methods for our salvation, but He chose not to rescue us from afar.
As my pastor said recently, He took the initiative. Instead of requiring us to work our way up to Him, which never would have been possible anyway, He came to us.
During this Advent season, we wait in hopeful expectation for the birth of the Savior King. But the good news—the best gift of all—is that we really don’t have to wait.
He is already here.
If we have accepted His gift of grace, He is at home in our hearts. We don’t have to travel anywhere to be with Him this Christmas, He is here with us, right now.
I don’t think there’s any greater source of comfort or strength than that—now or at any other time of the year.
Merry Christmas, friends. I’ll see you again next year.
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