Christmas is one of those days when we find ourselves faced with some of our deepest emotions. Today you may feel great joy as you spend time with family, reflect on past Christmases, or enjoy a favorite meal together. There's also a great chance you may feel heartache, loss, dysfunction, or loneliness.
So wherever you are today, whoever surrounds you, whatever is happening in your life...
Know that the words of the angel in Luke 2:10 ring true for you today:
"Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior is born. He is the Messiah, the Lord."
Rest in that good news, take hope in that good news...that Jesus, who was God himself in human form, has come into our midst to be a light in the darkness, the king of all kings, the hope for the nations, the victor over death, and the savior and redeemer of all mankind.
When the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in Matthew 1:23, he said "And he shall be called Emmanuel, which means God With Us." His very name proclaims that God is with us. So today, let the truth and realness of God's presence be your hope.
Jesus came into our darkness, into our world, to be our light and our way.
He came into our brokenness to be our healer.
He came to be with us in our sorrow and grief to be our comfort and joy.
He came to us in our loneliness to be near to us.
He came to live with us in our mess and struggle to lift our heads and give us peace.
Jesus stepped down from heaven to be with us. To be with you.
May your Christmas be filled with the hope and joy that comes from knowing the love and peace of Jesus as he draws near to you. May you find comfort and rest as we celebrate God with us.