…I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2:10
There are so many things about Christmas time that I love. The beautiful lights, excited children, Christmas trees, Christmas movies and carols, and of course, the presents. But there are so many people that are hurting and Christmas isn’t so joyful for them. For those that lost a loved one, a Christmas carol is a painful reminder. For those facing infertility, excited children are a reminder that they don’t have their own. For the one who lost their job, they question how they will afford presents for their children. For the lonely or those in broken families, Christmas movies of happy families just remind them that they will spend another Christmas alone.
If you are blessed to have family and friends to spend Christmas with, I encourage you to take time to remember those who are struggling this year. Is there someone who will be alone that you can invite to participate in your Christmas activities? If you know someone who is missing a loved one, send them a note on Christmas letting them know you are thinking about them and praying for them. If you can help someone who lost their job, send an anonymous card with money. The smallest acts of kindness can go a long way
If you are the one struggling this year, I want to encourage you with good tidings of great joy that is for all people! When through the Lord, the prophet Isaiah foretold the birth of Jesus, this is what he said: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
Jesus is your:
- Wonderful Counselor – He will guide you. When you don’t know what to do, pray and listen to his voice, he will lead you.
- Mighty God – He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is the creator of all. There is nothing that He cannot do! If you are praying for a miracle this Christmas, keep praying!! He can mend broken hearts, open wombs, heal sickness, and so much more!!
- Everlasting Father – If you didn’t have a father or your relationship with your father is broken, remember that you have an Everlasting Father who will never leave you nor forsake you. He is your “Good Father”, he loves you so extravagantly and unconditionally, he longs to provide for you and bless you, he wants you to know him, and he so wants to spend time with you. Will you accept his invitation and take time with Him this Christmas?
- Prince of Peace – In such a broken world, I think we are all longing for peace this Christmas. Although it seems like there is no hope, some day Jesus will return, dry all our tears, and make everything right. There truly will be Peace on Earth! In the meantime, if there is a lack of peace in your heart, let Him calm the storm. When you lean on Him and trust in Him, He will take away your anxieties, your fears, and your anger.
- Immanuel (God with us) Matthew 1:23 – If you are spending Christmas alone remember that you are never alone! God has never left you. He is always by your side, always with you. Spend Christmas praising Him and thanking Him for all the wonderful things that He has done in your life. I assure you that you will be filled with His presence. If you know of someone else who is alone, invite them over. Or consider serving on Christmas. Encouraging and lifting up others is such a wonderful way to bring joy to your heart!
Whatever your circumstance, know that the InJoyBox family is praying for each one of you. Our subscribers mean so much to us! We pray that you have a blessed and very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
Dear Lord, thank you for sending your son for us. We can have hope because of Jesus! Please fill our hearts with your hope, joy, and peace this Christmas. Help us to remember that you are Immanuel (God with us) and because of that we have so very much to be thankful for! In Jesus name, Amen.
If you don’t know the peace that comes from knowing and walking with Jesus, I encourage you to simply start with this simple prayer; “Jesus, I need you. I want to have peace and joy regardless of my circumstances and what is going on around me. I recognize that I am a sinner in need of a savior. I believe that you died on the cross for my sins and God raised you from the dead. I believe that you, Jesus are Lord. Amen.”
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.– Romans 10:9
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