This Christmas is feeling a little sad. We canceled our flights to go be with family for family — something my kids always look forward to doing. I am ordering gifts to be shipped, but it’s just not the same.
Then our church had it’s first COVID scare — it was mild, but it was there. One person was at an activity on one day; and the next day, it was confirmed that they were positive. Praise the Lord, there were only about 20 people at the activity, many were not close to that person, and we found out quickly so that we could take appropriate measures.
Since I was one of the people at the activity, we had to restructure life which meant a little more work on my part, but we are thankful that everyone is healthy so far. But this whole mask stuff and avoiding people adds a strain that is not normally there.
Then it seems like there have been so many heart attacks and cancer diagnoses in the past few months. In our church of 120 people, we have had a handful of open heart surgeries and stents put in people’s hearts. I have seen friends who parents have been diagnosed terminal cancer. One just passed away yesterday at 64 years of age. We have a 10 year old boy in our church going through aggressive chemo. It can be a sad world.
It just doesn’t stop! With all the cares of life and then the turbulence in the world around us, it can get overwhelming. What are we to do?
Most of us know what we are to do — it’s just doing it.
We have to life out eyes to the Lord — that is where our help comes from.
We are to offer praise to Him for all that He has done for us. When we remember His goodness to us, then we keep our minds fixed on what is good and right and truthful.
And when we are worried, we are to turn our cares over to Him for He cares for us.
Maybe of all of the Christmases I have celebrated in the past few years, this one will be more precious than the others. With all the sadness and strain around me, I have to take my eyes off of missed celebrations and traditions and put my eyes on the Savior, the whole reason for Christmas!
Since we can’t do many of our traditions, kids (and maybe adults) are tempted to say, “It doesn’t feel like Christmas.” Or “This Christmas isn’t fun!” But then as an adult, I say to myself, “That’s not why we celebrate Christmas.” Christmas isn’t about fun or presents or celebrations. It’s about Jesus being born so that He could save us from our sins.
When I keep my eyes on that fact, then it’s easy to be joyful on Christmas. Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift!
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