This morning in a Christmas program I was reminded of the fact that Christmas is not just about celebrating an amazing historical moment….the birth of Jesus Christ over 2, 000 years ago. It’s about celebrating Jesus Christ, Immanuel, the God who is with us in the right now.
Although this is a season of joy for many, there are also countless others who are experiencing a season of pain as this is their first Christmas without their mother, father, sister, son, daughter, or other loved one. It is the first Christmas of only being able to look back on wonderful memories with that special person, instead of make new ones with them. It is a season when they need to know now more than ever that God is with them.
There are others who are not only unable to buy gifts for their children or loved ones, but they are not able to pay the electricity or groceries or to cover the costs of their basic needs. It is a season when they need to know now more than ever that God is with them.
Let us not get so wrapped up in buying gifts, finding deals, trying to please all of our family members by squeezing them into our already packed holiday schedules, and all the other stressors that we allow to control our lives.
Let us open our eyes and look beyond ourselves to the person in line behind us at the grocery store, to our neighbor who lives alone, to our friend or loved one who is struggling, or to the acquaintance or co-worker that has a bad attitude and show them that they are not alone.
Show them that God is with them and that He loves them enough to have sent His only Son so that they could experience who He is and what His love can do for them.
So I want to challenge you today, stop focusing so much on the to do list and what “has to be done by Christmas”. Lift up your eyes and see that there are so many who need to know that God is with them. Today you have the opportunity to show them that truth.
And if you are that one that needs to hear that truth. Let me be the one to come along your side and tell you, God is with you. You are never alone. He loves you. He has a plan for your life…for the good and for the bad. He will work it all out for your good, if only you will allow Him. Trust Him. He will never fail you and never forsake you. He is Immanuel. He is with you.
“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”