Christmas is coming! A time of great joy where we remember the birth of a baby born to die so that we could have life. We celebrate with carols, presents and of course lots of food! For so many Christmas is the most anticipated time of the year and brings them so much joy. However for others this is not a case.
Christmas is a time when pain can be heightened, grief stings a little more, and anxiety is increased with business of the season. I don’t want to glorify these parts of Christmas, but simply address them.
For those of you who experience these things at Christmas, I pray that you will know God’s peace which surpasses all understanding. In Isaiah 54:10 it says” Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.”
Maybe you have lost someone dear to you and Christmas without them seems and is a very hard prospect, or maybe the thought of socialising with lots of people and an endless shopping list enhances your anxiety, whatever it is, know that you are strong. I am in no way saying that there is a quick fix, because there isn’t, but lean on Christ, He is with you ready to bring comfort to your weary heart.
I encourage you to join me in praying for people who find Christmas hard. For those who; will have an empty chair round their table, are celebrating in a foreign land because they’re home has been obliterated by war, are fighting a battle with physical or mental health.
I realise this blog may have left you with a burdened heart, and this is a hard topic, but one which I think is so important to address. Prayer is so powerful and I really encourage all who read this to pray with me, because it makes a difference. Also, remember that among the pain and brokenness there is a light which the darkness can never extinguish. Ultimately this is what we celebrate at Christmas, the light that came into the world and became human so that darkness, grief, pain, anxiety, fear, depression etc. will NEVER win.
I hope you all have a blessed Christmas celebrating Jesus and all that He has done for us.