His Indescribable Gift
Have you ever felt the sting of Christmas? It's the most wonderful time of the year, but there's something about it that makes a hurting heart throb with deeper intensity.
We're told to think about whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). Oh, but how challenging that can be to practice when the heart feels suffocated! I have been there many times - even recently. There are many all around us who are there too.
In the hurting place there is music that tauntingly plays on repeat. The song is thoughtfully customized just for you: "Everyone else is put together. Those families are so happy. Look at that couple whose marriage is so solid. See that one who has it all." Those lyrics can make phrases like "Jesus is the answer" seem more like a taunt and, maybe, it's because they are. What are words you're hearing today?
Did you know that God made songs for you too? It may be time to listen to a new tune on full blast. His music soothes the heart with Truth like "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit," (Psalm 34:18). He promises to lead us to a Rock when the heart is overwhelmed (Psalm 61:2). He sees and stores every tear that falls (Psalm 56:8). Draw close to the light that shines in the darkness and cannot be overcome (John 1:5).
The heart may ache, but He gives peace when we rest our minds on Him (Isaiah 26:3). No matter what you're facing this season, take a moment to join me in pondering this: The miracle of Christmas is Love choosing you.
A friend was recently telling me about a special bond shared with another. "I can't tell you how much her love means because there isn't a piece of paper or blood that makes it an obligation." Such is God's love for you and me on an even grander scale because we were once His enemies (Romans 5:10)!
The manger was the beginning of a path that would lead to an empty tomb, but victory over death could only be accomplished with a willingness to experience the hurts of every day life and suffering on a cross. God gave us His only Son so that, if we believe, we will have forever in His presence (John 3:16). Though we still feel pain here, Jesus promises His children that we can anticipate the day when every tear will be wiped from our eyes (Revelation 21:4). In the meantime, we are to abide in His love (John 15:9) - even in the hard times. We choose where to place our hearts and minds in all circumstances.
Rest your heart on this reason to celebrate: Jesus is the gift to the undeserving and nothing will ever separate you from His love. This Christmas I pray that, even through pangs of hurt, you will know the fullness of His Presence, Comfort, and Peace.
"Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!" 2 Corinthians 9:15