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The Savior of the World

Christmas isn't always a joyous time for everyone. It can drudge up old hurt feelings, hold memories of lost loved ones, and produce complete exhaustion trying to keep up with the hustle and bustle of the season. Maybe you're in a place where every ornament placed on the tree is a reminder of lost dreams or broken promises. You put on a fake smile each day as you go to work, but inside your stomach is churning as you wait upon test results from the doctor. You turn on the radio and hear a familiar Christmas carol, and immediately look in the mirror and begin to sob, wondering why God hasn't answered your prayer to have a baby. Could it be that you don't know how you will make your house payment, let alone buy Christmas presents for the kids? Maybe you are the empty-nester who is missing your children so badly and you can't imagine what Christmas will look like without them this year.

Christmas comes but our troubles aren't put on hold during the holiday. My oldest daughter was a sophomore in college when she fell seriously ill and we found ourselves in a season of doctors, hospital visits and waiting for results. I have had those middle-of-the night feelings of terror, wondering whether this will be our last Christmas together. I have lost close friends and family members and felt the sting of grief. Through it all, Jesus has always been with me. How do I know? He sent just the right person in my path to comfort me with His Word, He surrounded me with prayer warriors who prayed in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep. When I cried out in anguish He gave me a peace that I couldn't explain. If I think back on the trials I've been through, Jesus has always provided for me. It may have been through His word, a song, a sermon, or a simple hug from a friend.

The really good news is that we always have Jesus with us. He reminds us that we are never alone in what we go through in this life. His word never said we would have an easy life if we follow Him, but He promises to always be with us and help us. "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." Exodus 14:14. He also promises us that grief is only temporary. "Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning." Psalm 30:5. As Christians we have God's promise that grief and pain are only a part of our earthly life; that our eternal life in heaven has no more sorrow or suffering. He has come to make all things new. "He who was seated on the throne said, " I am making everything new!" Revelation 21:5.

This Christmas, let's reach out to others who may be having a hard time. Who can we show the love of Jesus to? As we make Christmas preparations, lets remember to reach out and check on our friends and family. If you yourself are feeling sad or disappointed in Christmas because it's not what you envisioned it to be, or you're hurt and suffering, call on the Savior of the World. Listen for that still small voice. I am praying for you friend that you would feel the love of Jesus this Christmas and remember that He is the Savior of the World; He came for you and me.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your son to this earth to save the lost. Thank you for giving us hope. I pray for all who are hurting today, all who feel lost or abandoned. Lord, wrap your loving arms around them, may we feel your presence. Thank you for your promises and that you are always with us. Thank you for never leaving me. I love you Lord. Amen.

Bible Verses:

Psalm 119:114 " You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word."

Romans 15:13 "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

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