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“Tidings of comfort and joy” a line pulled from a famous Christmas carol rings familiar among the popular songs highlighted during the holiday season.
This simple yet profound statement signifies to the fact that good news has come…Christ has come.
I know that 2013 has been a rough year with significant loss for many people. During this holiday season, I would like to take a moment to encourage you that in the midst of your heartache, your loss and your pain, there is still good news to be celebrated and that is Christ the King has come. Not only has Christ come but also He’s with you to stay. He’ll never leave you or forsake you.
I often tell myself and others that no matter what I go through in life and no matter the whirlwind of emotions that come with such seasons, “God can handle my feelings”. In times of sorrow, we often times deny ourselves the benefit of truly embracing His comfort to the fullest by denying our frailty. But God knows, He sees and He understands. He longs to heal what we so desperately try to cover and maintain on our own.
Whatever you’re facing this Christmas season; if it’s the loss of a loved one, the loss of job, a relationship or perhaps the loss of your personal sense of direction, know that there was a King born to be your Savior and you do not have to carry these burdens anymore. Present your life to Him and all that you are, you’ll in turn receive salvation, the hope of a new day, healing and restoration- the benefits are far too great to number. It’s quite the exchange and more than worth it.
Allow His presence to be your comfort and His joy to be your strength! This Christmas receive the best gift ever given, the gift our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!