So here's the question: With people I care about hurting, how can I really focus on cherishing Christmas today?
Then I opened today's devotional by Max Lucado and this is the answer I got:
Jesus said:“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." ~Matthew 5:3-10
What does this verse have to do with Christmas?
Well, first of all, Jesus IS Christmas and he said it.
I also believe it is a reminder to those who are hurting during "the most wonderful time of year", that no matter what you are currently going through, God is in control.
He knows what your hurts are.
He knows what your needs are.
He knows who YOU are.
And He has a plan.
So if you are currently poor in spirit, mourning, meek, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, merciful, pure in heart, peacemaking, or being persecuted, it's going to be ok.
God is taking care of it. He knows what's going on right now and He knows what's going to happen in your future.
Trust and believe in Him. If you do, your future is secure.
After all, you will: be comforted, inherit the earth, be filled, be shown mercy, see God, be called the children of God, and the kingdom of heaven will be yours.
Today, I cherish the Bible. What better way to help a heavy heart, than to sit down and read God's Word? So, I checked #7 off my list when I picked up my Bible and read the Christmas story from God's Word.
Read The Christmas Story from the Bible
Found in: Matthew 1:18-25 & 2:1-12 & Luke 1:26-56 & 2:1-20
Every Christmas Eve, before the presents are opened at Dad & Mom's house, the entire family gathers around the Christmas tree. Once we all quiet down (we are a large and noisy bunch), Dad reads the Christmas story from his well worn Bible. It is one of my favorite family traditions.
For the years, Hubby, our boys, and I couldn't be there in person, the family called us on the phone. We would gather around our phone and listen while Dad read the Christmas story. Yes...that might have brought a tear to the eye.
Every single Christmas, my entire life, I have heard the real Christmas story read straight from the Bible. I have never had a doubt what Christmas was really all about. Oh yes, Mom & Dad made sure Christmas was filled with fun and excitement. We enjoyed, food, laughter, games, and gifts from Santa every year (we still do!), but even as a little one, I knew the truth about Christmas.
And it's that truth - our Savior Jesus, that can fill me with hope for the hurting this Christmas.
Only 19 days to go...
Have a Blessed Christmas!