Recently, I was email chatting with a friend. She mentioned things she’d planned to accomplish. I responded with, “I can't seem to muster up much for today. I'm just a little down and don't know why. But, I won't stay down. I’ll pout to the Lord, and then I’ll feel bad because I have much to be grateful for.”
I think that no matter where we are in life we can always find a reason to be grateful.
Certainly, Christmas is a wondrous time of the year filled with hope for things to come.
And… Sometimes, a touch of sadness will glaze our holiday. Why?
We’ve all shared things that will try to color our holiday joy a deep blue.
Grief is a feeling we’ve all shared. It can creep up on us, especially during the holiday season. All any of us can do is remember that our loved one would want us to be happy.
Financial situations snag our joy and make it difficult to enjoy Christmas. We live in a world revolved around buying things, so money plays an important part during the holiday. In those situations all we can do is be creative with gift giving. Often the best gifts are the cheapest. Also, the gifts created with love turn out to be the most memorable.
There are many more misfortunes I could include that try to hang a dark cloud over Christmas. Still, in everything we’ve been through, there is always a bright star.
Yes, indeed, the reason for the season isn't a gift or the fact that we feel alone sometimes, but it's hope in a brighter tomorrow. I’m not talking about the day after Christmas. I’m highlighting our path to eternity.
Celebrating Jesus and knowing that with Him, no matter the path we walk, God will make a way. Plus, we have the added bonus that Jesus provides the way for us to join Him in Heaven one day.
My prayers go out to everyone this Christmas season:
To people who battle grief or financial problems, to parents of displaced children and to anyone who can’t seem to shake bitterness from their lives.
May God show each of you a new light, hope for tomorrow and unwavering faith.