And the angel said to them, “Be not afraid: for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Thought for the Day: Christmas brings us back to “normal” through the birth of Jesus Christ.
A year ago, we had a Christmas that was the most difficult my husband and I had ever experienced as we did not know what our future would hold. We did our best to give our children a “normal” Christmas although there was nothing “normal” about our situation. There was, however, the “normal” warmth and love at Christmas that we had always felt from family and friends. There was the reason for Christmas that never changed in that we celebrated the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There was the “normal” knowledge and feeling that God was with us as we went through the struggle.
As we celebrated Christmas with family this year, we found that things were not “normal” again as we were in the last few days before a major move. We did find “normal” in the voices of our family and friends as we shared time with them. My husband was able to share with his family about where God has led us and where we can look back and see His hand in everything that has taken place since our time with them on Christmas Day a year ago. After he shared, he felt that he had shared too much and taken too much of his family’s precious time in telling our story. Afterwards, however, several came up to me saying “I am so glad Mark shared all of that with us”, “I am so glad the youth and children were able to hear your story because it could change their lives”, and “It is wonderful to hear about yours and Mark’s faith and how God has brought you to this new place.”
As I look back at my life with many periods of grief, and then I look back over the Christmases experienced after those loses, I immediately realize that the “normal” Christmas with the celebration of Jesus’ birth was there every year to remind me that God was indeed with me. The “normal” Christmas sharing with family was always there. The “normal” Christmas was there to remind me of my faith and through my faith I could always know that God would indeed take care of me.
Prayer: God, thank you for Christmas. Thank you for a time we can celebrate each year the birth of Jesus. That time brings us back to “normal” as we celebrate His birth with family and friends. That time brings our minds back to You no matter what we are going through. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE STRUGGLING AT CHRISTMAS TIME