It’s “that” time of year. It’s the season of holiday madness, black Friday deals, family tensions, disappointing football, and a general bah-humbug-i-ness that permeates and coagulates into an imperceptible emotional sludge. During the very time of year when we should be most thankful, filled with joy, peace, and love, many struggle to just keep trudging through.
I’ll admit there are days like that for me. So how do we focus? Where do we find the courage and strength just to deal with the realities of life during the “holidays?”
Maybe it is as simple as understanding that commercialism drains us, and God Himself wants to fill us. The lure and enticements of “the deal” can instantly shift our focus back to material, earthly concerns. We fuss and fidget to find that perfect gift for the ones we love, or we worry that the hints we’ve been dropping about what we “want” for Christmas haven’t been heard… because it’s on “sale” this weekend.
This year my prayer is that you will find Thanksgiving Happiness, and the Joy-filled Christmas you’ve always wanted. So, I’m praying that God will intervene personally in your life, in your mind, in your relationships, and in the core of your being with a simple truth to focus on.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
“Behold! The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel” (which means, “God with us”).
If God can make good on a four hundred year old promise, then we can trust that He will make good on the other promises He makes to us as true Christ-followers. One promise that I pray you will focus on this year is this:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
Think of all that emotional sludge of this season as “the thief” in this verse, and don’t let it rob you of the joy, peace, and hope of this celebration time!
Live in such a way, through the next few days and weeks, that your very abundant life demonstrates God’s glory to the world around you.