Christmas time always brings a lot of emotions to the surface for me.
As a child, it was magical.
As a middle school student, my parents were in the beginning of a divorce around Christmas. It was also during these years that I accepted Christ as my Savior and began to see Christmas for the wonder it was.
As an adult, I get to create the magic for my kids.
And the older I get, the more I understand the depth of what Jesus did when He left heaven to come to earth as a baby.
Yes, Christmas is a wonderfully beautiful time of year.
And then 2020 happened. And a worldwide spirit of weariness, loneliness and longing for things to get better has risen across the globe. And this Christmas I can’t help but think, this is why Jesus came.
In Luke 2, when the angels appeared to the shepherds, they said, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior who is Christ the Lord.” A Savior. The One who is able to deliver us. On that dark night so many years ago the world was weary and desperate; it was dark and lonely. But the angels appeared and said, there is good news! Jesus has been born! Suddenly the darkness wasn’t so dark anymore. He was born to be the Light. He was born to be our Savior. He was born to take the weariness and the desperation and the loneliness that encapsulate our lives and nail them to the cross.
As this unprecedented year draws to a close and we begin to prepare for Christmas, I encourage you to spend some time preparing your heart not only for the arrival of a sweet baby boy, but also for our King who has promised to come again and make all things right. In the dark and weary world that we are currently living in, we can have, as the song says, “a thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices” because we still have good news, friends! Revelation 22:20 tells us, “He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”
Fun Fact: Did you know that the word “NOEL” is derived from a French phrase that means, “good news?” That night, when the angels appeared to the shepherds they had good news… but we still have good news today too! I used the new Joy to the World faith-filled digitals in the Creative Retreat Shop to piece together this page and I love how it turned out! You can find the find the files here