It’s hard to believe that in just a few weeks Christmas will arrive. If you are like me, you are not sure where the last 11 months and 10 days came from? I have yet to finish my shopping. I have yet to actually even sit down and figure out what I need to still accomplish. As I look at my calendar and the ‘free time’ I have – worry and stress flood my body. Some people this year may get a card that simply reads “Merry Christmas… Your gift fell off Santa’s Sleigh and is running a little behind. However, no worries, Santa assures me that Rudolph is searching everywhere to locate it and you will receive it as soon as possible. Hopefully at least by the end of January.”
Maybe it’s just me. However, this season is one that causes us to stress too much. We feel overwhelmed and frustrated on the verge of tears. We find ourselves looking at our bank accounts and wondering how we will buy our children gifts this year. We find ourselves battling with our ex-spouse on which day we each get the kids for the holidays. We find ourselves lonely this Christmas season because we lost our loved ones. This season causes us to feel emotions that we may not have felt before.
However, there is hope. We see in the book of John 14:27 it says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
We start to stress ourselves out so much that we begin to forget what this season is all about. It is about celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior. The one who died on a cross to redeem and save US! That is a gift way better than any My Little Pony playset, Xbox One, new car, or whatever you asked for. Jesus gave us Eternal Life. The ultimate gift. So remember when we are stressed and about to pull our hair out – take a deep breath and remember that we are here to celebrate and glorify Jesus.
Whether the gifts will be smaller this year because of finances, make the time you spend with your family bigger. Maybe you only see your kids on Christmas Eve this year instead of Christmas Day. Make Christmas Eve the biggest and coolest day ever. If you find yourself all alone this year, know that you are never alone in Jesus or our church.
So as the next 2 weeks approach give yourself time each day to praise and celebrate Jesus knowing that there will never be a gift given that is better than the one that he has already given you.
The stresses, the fears, the anxieties, the sadness, and any other emotions you are feeling, give to Jesus and know that you are loved.