The Christmas season is in full swing. Neighborhood streets are lit up with glimmering lights, yards are landscaped with a variety of outdoor decor, stores are busy with shoppers hunting special gifts for those they love, and the streaming services are featuring everyone’s favorite Christmas movies and holiday music.
This Christmas is different as our world is still caught up in the nightmare of a pandemc that continues to heighten anxiety, cause discouragement, birth depression, and increase stress. In a season of faith, our world is wrought with fear and apprehension. Once a time for unity, this Christmas season is not immune from the politics of division wreaking havoc in our country and around the globe. In fact, people are even divided about the term unity and how it is being used in light of the discord and disunity sown over recent years. It’s a holiday season like no other that I remember.
If we’ve ever had a year that needed the hope ushered in by the Incarnation, 2020 is it.
During a year brimming with hopelessness, the birth of Christ reminds us that there is hope. Jesus is the embodiment of hope, peace, love, and joy. The Son of God remains the greatest gift humanity has ever recieved. So, as tempting as it might seem, do not let this difficult year rob you of the precious gift the Lord provided over 2,000 years ago in a little town called Bethlehem.
As we journey forward, let us not lose sight of the many blessing we have experienced this year as well. As the adage goes, “Don’t focus on how big your problems are, but focus on how big our God is.” Be encouraged. Keep fighting the good fight. This too shall pass. God is for you, not against you. He has not forgotten or forsaken you. God is with you.
How are you spending this Christmas? Be sure to let me know in the “Comments” below.
God is good. All the time. No matter what.
The Devotional Guy™
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