However there are many people this year who are feeling the sting of pain that loss or tragedy has left them with this year. Whether it be loss of employment or a relationship, may we be mindful that not everyone is looking forward to trimming the tree, wrapping gifts or gathering around a table so perfectly decorated that it belongs on the front cover of a magazine.
I would love to take just a few moments to encourage those who may be dreading the holiday season. It is my prayer that if you are in any way experiencing hurt, discouragement or depression as we approach the holiday season, that you will open up your heart and let the love of God fill you and heal every hurt.
As easy as it is to get caught up in the hype of the holiday, it is imperative that our hearts and minds remain focused on the fact that Jesus really is the reason for the season. Truth be told I LOVE to decorate, give gifts and blast my Christmas music, but without Jesus being at the core of it all, this season would be meaningless.
I know what it’s like to approach the holidays in a single parent household and the cupboards were bare with only canned pasta to serve as the main entree. Yet, because there was love in our home and Christ in our hearts, we had hope to see us through.
Maybe this season you’re believing God for a relationship to be restored, a financial miracle, divine healing or perhaps you’re trusting God for a mate, whatever your “grown up Christmas list” entails, know that God is for you and He longs to provide for your needs and satisfy the desires of your heart.
It amazes me how children marvel at the thrill of Christmas. They make their lists and in their hearts they believe that what they are requesting will be granted. What if we approached our Heavenly Father with that same childlike faith? By no means am I implying that we treat God as a Santa whose entire reason for being is to grant us our wishes. But I am saying that as children of God, we can come boldly before Him and make our requests known. Faith pleases God and He so desires to satisfy our lives with good things.
How I wish the world knew just how good God is. He’s not mad at you or holding any type of grudge against you, He loves you! He loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for you. He wrapped his gift of love in flesh and called Him Jesus
This Christmas, receive this gift of love, the gift of Jesus and believe that God is for you – embrace His love and in doing so you will have hope this holiday season!
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