As the Christmas Season approaches, each year for as far back as I can remember, trouble begins to stir and rise up. From the most personal to the world stage, we can find turmoil increase. I have thought much about this over the course of many years and it came so clearly to me this time around that we ought not be surprised. In the truth of Christmas we find our answer to the why of troubles that we face. A fallen world in need of a Savior…Collectively, we faced the horror of the devastation in CT. Personally I learned some upsetting news touching my family. As I struggled with the mix of despair and anxious worry, Truth began to stir. I found myself considering the Season and the Significance. This is the time that we are to draw our minds to that silent night so long ago when Peace came down to earth, when the ultimate Hope and Promise was revealed and the eyes of man beheld our Salvation. Though the immediate and current circumstances I faced did not change, my perspective did. I purposed then and there that I would praise and worship Jesus, My Salvation, come what may during this and all other seasons. I would fix my eyes upon Him, my Blessed Hope, and trust in His unfailing love.
I see with clear eyes the evil that abounds in a world that clings to lostness due to pride and the ultimate ignorance. I thought yesterday how backwards things are, how confused humanity is, how crippled we have become as a result of refusing to humble ourselves. So many who haven’t read the scriptures and even many who have deny the truth of God. They deny the truth of the virgin birth, the resurrection and the only salvation available to them. They scoff at the truth of creation and the miracles penned in scripture and by so doing they doom themselves to a darkness with no hope of light. How devastatingly sad…
I’m thankful that I was exposed to scripture as a child, that even in my earliest memories as I sat in the soft glow of the Christmas tree and gazed upon the sparkling lights, it was “Away in a Manger” that I hummed and it was there in that far away place that my thoughts escaped to bringing a hope beyond this vale of tears that has never gone away. With every passing year, I believe more as I see more the difference between peace and strife, between light and dark, between despair and hope. I believe in that cross whereupon my sins were nailed in a love unfathomably great. I believe because of the freedom that soars in my spirit when I fix my eyes on Jesus, when I am still and He visits me now in the peace that dwells in my heart. I believe when I see unselfish love expressed by believers around the world as they risk life and health to carry the gospel to the far reaches of the earth. I believe when compassion is poured out and I know the source is deeper than the ocean that was created by The One who is all goodness, light, and truth. Oh yes, I believe…
The perspective of one who believes is as different from one who doesn’t as time is from eternity, as brilliant color is from endless gray and as death is from life.
As people rush to and fro buying gifts, sending cards, and saying “happy holidays,” I pray somewhere along the way the truth of who Jesus is and what Christmas really is will fill their hearts and illuminate their minds so that they too can find the vastness of His glory filling their souls.
“For unto us A Child is born, unto us A Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and HIs Name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed upon thee: because he trusts in thee.” (Isaiah 26:3)
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)