Our Christmas lights are up, but they just don’t seem to be shining as brightly as before. It’s me – I know. I rose early thinking if I caught the sunrise it would perk me up as it usually does, but … No. Too dark.
My spirits rose within minutes, though, as the sun lit up the sky as if God swiped a huge paint brush across the river’s canopy. When the colors faded to shades of winter grey I drove all the way to the next town where I saw Santa’s elves herding a few reindeer along Main Street. I looked over, but quickly fixed my eyes back onto the road. I didn’t even slow down. I cruised through town, noticing the Christmas street decor – snowflakes and candy cane motifs attached to a few street lights – but no nativity scene in sight; not even in front of the churches. Maybe it’s too early. I hope that’s what it is.
Well, I drove home in disappointment. I didn’t see anything that mentioned Jesus or even the word, “Christmas” except for the sign in front of our church featuring the Christmas Eve service.
I was not expecting that the message “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” didn’t get through. After all, Santa’s elves and reindeer did.
Ahh me! The truth is, I am part of the problem here too. See, I expect everyone ELSE to honor Christ at Christmas, but what about me? I’m the one lacking Christmas spirit. I confess. Oh sure, Christmas lights are up at our house, but the Light that shines within my heart is what counts. Somehow I have allowed the spirit of depression to steal my joy this season.
Don’t ask me how I let this happen, but the importantstuff to remember is that Jesus is able to fix any problem. Often seasonal or holiday blues relate to something about the past that makes us sad. God says we can’t change the past, but through faith in Christ our broken hearts can be healed.
I’m turning it over to Jesus right now! I don’t have to be held hostage by sadness or grief. He came to set us free and I believe and receive! His Holy Spirit must be really glad to know I am ready for inspiration, since He lives inside me.
Please join me in praise – one of the most worshipful songs ever written, “Hallelujah”; sung by one of our world’s most gifted Christian talents, Susan Boyle:
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the Light of the World. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
~ John 7:12 NKJV
AMEN! Thank You, LORD!
God bless your Christmas. May it be a holy time of worship, joy and appreciation that Jesus came down to give us hope. He IS the Light of Salvation in a dark world.
Thank you for following Importantstuff.Live. I appreciate your visits and pray you walk with God in the Light His Son, Jesus – the Word made flesh one Christmas morning.