For many people this season is not always the most wonderful time of the year! People lose loved ones who have died, a relationship breakup, just one too many parties where alcohol or drugs takes its toll on a person or family. Loneliness and depression set in and the Christmas spirit appears to be so dark and dim. Okay enough of the doom and gloom because there is hope in the midst of darkness.
Christmas and the Holiday season is not just a time of giving, but it is a time of living! Yes, a time to express life in a joyous, forgiving, loving way. This is a time where reconciling with those we have hurt or offended because of our selfish ways. A time to bring a peace offering and not hurt, hate, or bitterness. It’s a time to comfort those who are grieving when their loved ones are not physically present any longer. A time to love unconditionally and not be so judgmental because we think we have it all together. This is a time to bring hope and healing, not to build a wall to be separated from each other. A time to extend a listening ear with a heart of understanding and compassion.
“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine”.
Isaiah 9:2 NLT
“And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you”.
Ephesians 4:30-32 NLT
May each of us be reminded of why Jesus came in the first place. Christ is the reason for the season. He is that light. “The light of the world”
Enjoy your day my friend and bring hope to somebody in their dark world today.