Seems like we ALL are ready for this year to end! This has been a VERY tough year for many folks. Some have lost loved ones to the virus. Some have lost their jobs or their life savings. I’ve continued to hear stories of severe pain and misery this year. I think we all had big plans for this year and have been left watching the virus hijack our plans.
For many, the most immediate pain of this year resulted from the isolation and separation that was brought on by social distancing and the shutdowns. I have experienced this myself. I miss getting together with family, friends and especially spending time with the ones that we have that are most vulnerable. What a despicable disease to target those that may have the least amount of time remaining to see family and friends! I ache for these folks as they continue to sit in isolation waiting for this virus to finally go away.
This disruption and pain has a way of making us reflect on where we are. What is important. What we take for granted. This feeling of uncertainty typically results in fear. Fear is a very powerful emotion. It strikes deep in our being. Are you afraid of getting sick from the virus? Are you afraid of what the future looks like for you after this is over?
Yet, I can assure you that even with all the fear and uncertainty, there is still hope. Hope in the future. Hope that things will be made right. For me, my hope is the little baby in the manger. That baby! See, I have felt His love. I have seen that He is faithful. I have enjoyed the countless blessings that He has lavished on me and my family. I know that he has plans for me and they are good. And most of all, I know the end of the story and it is also good!
Do you feel hopeless? Having trouble seeing a way out? Does the virus or your situation leave you in fear of the future? Maybe the problem is that you don’t know the end of the story. You are holding on to this world as if the world is all there is. You see death as the end of the story. Yet, I can tell you that there is so much more. If you are feeling uneasy that is because you were made for eternity. You were made without an end. Death is NOT your final act.
That baby! That’s the difference. God’s gift to us. This is the hope that we all need. Listen- your story is bigger. MUCH bigger. He made a way so that you would have joy and peace. So you could enjoy yourself and your time here on the earth and live WITHOUT fear. That baby. The Christ. Emmanuel. God IS with us!
Thank you for your continued support! Blessings to you and yours this holiday season!