Even if this world renders your life troublesome and fills your heart with sorrow, you can still have a Merry Christmas.
Scripture: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). Matthew 1.23 New International Version
I met Anna on Christmas Eve. She had just arrived at the hospital. When Anna made plans for Christmas a few weeks, ago, she envisioned traveling to visit loved ones, or even doing some last-minute shopping before the stores close. However, Anna found herself at the hospital, receiving treatment a serious health scare. As Anna sat on the bed, still processing what had transpired, she uttered: “Where is Christmas?”
Most people will be spending the Christmas Day within the comfort of their homes, taking delight in the presence of their loved ones. However, this will not be the case for everyone. Some people have recently lost their jobs, thus are struggling to make ends meet. Others are facing a difficult health crisis, without any prospect of improvement. Others are going through rocky phases in their relationships. Despite any crisis you may be facing this season, I encourage you to have a Merry Christmas. Even if life is not “Merry”, you can still celebrate Christmas. How come, some may ask?
Christmas represents peace. As we read in Scripture:
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2.14 New International Version)
On Christmas Day, we celebrate God being with us.
“Therefore the LORD himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7.14 New International Version)
Because the LORD is with us, we have peace.
This peace in God produces joy. Even if life takes away our happiness, our hearts can be filled with joy. As Scripture tells us:
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15.13 New International Version)
On this Christmas Day, I hope and pray that the peace Christmas brings would fill your hearts. May such peace be a joyful reminder that, whatever may come, God is with us.
May the LORD be with you.