This time of year has always been one of my favorites.
I can't put my finger on just what it is about the holidays. Maybe it's the music and how every station you turn to has some kind of open fire going on (chestnuts roasting on an open fire...come on people ;)...) and the Lord knows how much I love COZY. Maybe that's what it is? I don't know... maybe it's something about this time of year that gives you all the excuses in the world to stay inside, drink hot chocolate, watch Christmas movies all day, cyber shop online in those pajama pants you wouldn't be caught dead in outside of your house? Maybe it's the endless baking (no, not me...I'm just the one who EATS whatever YOU bake ;). Maybe it's the lights, the snow, the hope that's filling the air everywhere you turn as people are out and about with friends and family...
But then I think.
As much as I sense the magic of the Christmas season in the air, what about those who sense nothing but loss? Nothing but tragedy? Nothing but heartbreak and despair? What about the ones who'll be experiencing Christmas this year without that loved one by their side? What about the person who'll be up worrying themselves sick on Christmas day over where their brother is because of a drug addiction? Worrying themselves sick over whether that person is safe Christmas night?
...And then I think about the person who's walking not only hopeless, but in the depths of their depression. This Christmas season does nothing for them but turn them inward even more as they feel so much lack in their lives. As everyone's going on about their holiday get together's and parties, people sit at home, alone, contemplating whether or not their lives really matter.
Contemplating whether or not they really have any hope to hold onto at all.
For the hopeless, I have a word for you. The Lord tells us that no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what He has in store for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9). He tells us that He's so very close to your broken heart (Psalms 34:18). He tells us that no weapon formed against us will prosper, not depression, not addiction, not worry, not anxiety. NO WEAPON (Isaiah 54:17). Nothing, absolutely nothing, you do or go through my sweet friend will ever be enough to separate you from the love of your God.(Romans 8:31-39)
As wonderful as all of the Christmas things are, the tree, the lights, the music...those things are not why Christmas exists. Christmas exists because the God of creation saw that we were broken and in need. He saw that we were hopeless, lost, forever doomed to walk in burden if something were not done about it. The power and effects of sin were destroying us...and so God.
I could leave it at just that, because that's what God does. He sees our brokenness and steps in. The love He has for us pushes Him to take action and that in itself is enough to make me weepy, because who am I that God would care about me?
Oh, mama, friend, wife, sister, He does though, even if it makes no sense to us.
And so in our brokenness, he saw us and decided to send us hope, to throw us a lifeline, to rescue us out of the enemies grip. He sent His one and only son. He sent Jesus. He laid His son down so that we could have a hope that trumps any struggle we may face. He sent us a hope in Jesus, a hope that isn't just for us to pick up during the holidays, but a hope available to us year round.
Jesus, our Savior, Savior of the world, came to give you hope. A hope in HIM. He came as a baby with you in mind. He knew we'd both need saving. He knew we wouldn't be able to make it through this life or the next without Him guiding us, comforting us, loving us, purposing us, instilling hope within us.
You are not alone this Christmas season my friend.
Grab hold of the One who came to give you hope this year.
Jesus. My Savior. The hope of the world.