Many Christians struggle to make their faith real and practical. They engage all kinds of plans and tactics to live up to what they believe and what the Bible says. But they feel empty, powerless, and hollow. Even fake. Sometimes these dear ones end up in unhealthy, repeating cycles. They feel they are failing continually. It’s as if success is not an option for them in their walk with the Lord. They need a new reality: Rising from failure.
God loves you so much. Christmas is His way of proving it. He became a person just like you. God-in-a-Baby grew up in this challenging world, now so different from how He created it. Baby Jesus entered shattered creation to become a Savior. He says, “Look! I am making everything new.” (Rev. 21:5) He invites you to trust Him for this “new” in daily details, disappointments, tragedies and sorrows, and in losses that cannot be fixed. Jesus is the prize of Christmas because He is the only one who can help.
We don’t often talk about Heaven, but we should. Heaven helps people keep perspective. And it gives something to look forward to, especially if your life is filled with suffering and difficulties. Heaven nurtures hope.
No one wants to be rejected, left alone, overlooked. They want to matter. Each person wants to be important to someone. Valued. Loved. This is not an accident nor a faulty design. God purposefully created people with these inner desires and concerns. He made them to need to be special. To care about making a difference. And to care about others.
Do you know how it feels to be at your edge? Perhaps you have been living there for a long time. It’s scary to live at the edge of what you can manage, what you can cope with. Scripture gives advice, but – at first read, it feels a little unrealistic. When you read the progressive list from Rom. 5:3-5 (check it out), you instinctively know you can’t do that stuff in your own strength. It’s not normal.
Your circumstances do not change the timeless miracle of Christmas.
A Savior has been born – for you!
Baby Jesus made a promise. “Look! I Am making all things new!” (Rev. 21:5)
Christmas has tender moments, surprises and gifts, carols, visits from friends and family, the wonderful nativity story, lights, smells, goodies, For children, it’s like magic. Adults who choose to see that good is still present, sense God’s presence. With eyes to see and ears to hear, there is fresh awareness the Baby brings good, kind magic every day . . . even in this broken, troubled world.
Yet, sometimes – even with good still present – this holiday unveils realities from deeper levels of your heart. From stress to depression to sadness to fatigue to unexpected bad news to lost hope. There are strains and expectations that can surface in December, even if just because of additional responsibilities. For some, past significant losses must be navigated while celebrating. God Cares About Your Losses Even at Christmas Time.Read More …