Isaiah 35:1-10; 49:13; Luke 1:39-55
What is the happiest Christmas experience you can remember?
. . .the blessings of this holy season can come in many ways and forms. I don’t think it is a "one size fits all" experience.
In this season which is meant to bring joy and happiness, you may have your own personal Scrooge or Grinch to deal with, or others who may be well intended "kill-joys" of the season. Or, you may have other challenges to your joy.
Remember, the greatest blessings – and the greatest joy – will come from realizing the life-giving reason of why we prepare and celebrate Christmas. That is, the birth of Jesus Christ!
Although there are differences of belief as to how and why he was born, or who exactly he was and is, Jesus was born. And his life has forever changed and challenged the world!
With the remembrance and celebration of that event there are expectations, challenges and a variety of feelings even still today. Among them is happiness or joy.
The good news is that we are not alone in our trials and tribulations.
This is our hope. This gives us peace. And it is with God’s gift of joy that we will make it through the tough days and times of our lives.
What are your particular expectations for Christmas this year?
What challenges are you facing?
Let the simple and humble birth of Jesus be a sign for you, for each and all of us this Christmas and holiday season.
Let our hearts rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord! Take some quiet time to reflect, meditate and pray on it’s meaning and blessing for you.
Join with others in sharing that life-giving realization.
In whatever way you can, share the joy of God’s love and spirit with others this season!
And let God’s joy in Jesus Christ sustain you through the new year as well!