Came across this post I published a few years ago, but so on point for our covid season.
So many are in the midst of losing something important this Christmas season. Loved ones, jobs, homes, relationships . . .
We are losing our home this week. For real. For good.
It was our first house–a modest one–acquired after almost two decades of waiting. After years of loving labor making it “ours.” Nevertheless, I’ve been reminding myself for months that it’s “just a house,” that “there are much, much more precious things to lose . . . ” Still, as the day approaches, the vast difference between a “house” and a “home” presses on my heart and I’m experiencing my own private death of sorts.
Perhaps some of you will step into the Christmas season through some type of a door of “death,” too.
I wonder what gift God has waiting for us on the other side?
- A recharged relationship with God?
- A new perspective on what’s truly important?
- A fresh start on a whole new path?
- The hope of a new life with Jesus in it?
Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. . .
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:10-14 NKJV)
That is good news! And it means that we can grasp the handle of the dark door before us and step through it, at peace with God and our circumstances, knowing that God has a gift waiting for us this Christmas. Handpicked. Personally wrapped. Delivered right to the door of our heart because in God’s economy death is the doorway to new life.
So let’s trust that out of the ashes of whatever “death” we are experiencing today, God will bring life, and with it, the gift of peace on earth, goodwill towards you and me!
What gift do you hope to receive from God this Christmas?