Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, “God with us.”
–Matthew 1:23 NKJV
It’s December, the most joyful time of the year! Merry Christmas, Deck the Halls, and Noel.
Wait, be real. For some, maybe even you this year, instead of celebration, the holidays bring a harsh reminder that someone you love is no longer here, or that your circumstances have not changed despite the hours you’ve spent on your knees. You prayed. You hoped. You trusted. You believed that it would be this year. It’s December—expectations are high so disappointments are magnified. The simple truth is some years the holidays bring little joy and a whole lot of heartache.
You are not alone. You don’t have to go far into Scripture to realize that God’s people rarely get exactly what they want, when they want it. Look up Abraham, Isaac, Moses, David, and Joseph, to name just a few. The human heart aches from unfulfilled promises, rejection, and loneliness, especially during the holidays. You see such a small part of the big picture.
If there is nothing else to make your heart sing this season, there is this: God sent YOU a Savior! He willingly left the splendor and perfection of Heaven and came willingly, humbly, and quietly—for you.
- Thank God for the gift of His Son, your Savior.
- Ask Him to help you find your heart in Him, even when the celebrations seem empty.