Christmas is less than two weeks away. Wow. I have told you that I have a very different view of it this year. The house isn’t decorated as usual, not as many carols have been listened to, some of the missions things I usually do have been on hold. My dad's being in the care center and my mom stubbornly refusing to do some things she needs to do have me worn out, stressed out and yet grateful that they, by God's grace, can spend Christmas here.
Throughout the world others are having similar happenings as Christmas looks different for them too. People have passed or are sick. Some people face economic issues or relationship problems. Many are persecuted in their countries or are in war torn areas.
In Europe, countries like France are torn apart by riots and little wonder. An atheist president and 67 percent agnostic or atheist from a nation that once gave us great Christmas songs. England sees pathetic church attendance and over 60 percent who never pray from a nation that gave us so many great traditions and preaching we treasured at Christmas.
Yes the world has turned over often and for many individuals this Christmas looks much different and even elusive. Our world is ever changing.
Yet one thing at Christmas never changes...the greatest story ever told; not fake news, but real truth about the birth of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Angels said it was good tidings of great joy. Indeed, it is. It is the one constant.
In an ever changing world, the constant message of Christmas is that God is with us. Matthew 1:23 says, "They shall call His name Immanuel, which translated means “God is with us."
Consider this, the Infinite Lord of all exists as He took on a firm like ours and walked the earth so He could know what it is like to be you and I. Hebrews 2:17.
“He emptied Himself, taking the firm of a bond servant, humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point if death, even death on a cross." Phil 2:7-8. Not only that, but He gave us His own Holy Spirit to counsel and comfort us in every situation we are in or encounter. No matter our situation or the world's chaos, He is still available as the great Christmas song says, “Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in."
We are never alone or helpless. God Himself is with you. Regardless of where you are or what you experience, you can, this Christmas or anytime, be absolutely assured of His wonderfully loving presence.
In this season of gift giving, that presence is the gift of joy that Jesus gives us. He guarantees His presence and unfailingly accompanies, empowers, equips and encourages us through every moment and circumstance of life. So this Christmas and always, keep your heart set on Him and rejoice in the great gift of His presence. To Him be all the glory honor and praise.