Goodness Gracious

By Tommy Rush

A lot has changed since the beginning of 2020. Did you ever think you would see the day when you had to have a mask on in order to enter the bank? Did you ever think you would watch an Alabama/LSU football game with less than 20,000 in attendance? More people are working from home, participating in worship via computer and attending school virtually than ever before. I think we would all agree that these days are nothing close to “normal.”

This morning I saw a Bass Pro Shop commercial describing how Santa Claus would be behind plexiglass this year. However Santa would still be able to communicate with the children through a sound device. Photos with Santa would still be available but the children and Santa will be separated by the plexiglass. The Pictures will be taken with the children seated on a bench rather than Santa’s knee. Most kids are already afraid of talking to a bearded man in a red suit, now he’s wearing a mask and sitting in a glass cage.

I think we need to face the fact that Christmas 2020 will be far from “normal.” Truthfully, Christmas has never been all that normal anyway. Think about it – when the angel told Mary that she would give birth to a child, even though she was a virgin, Mary knew quickly that what she was hearing was a long way from normal. When a multitude of angels filled the night sky over Bethlehem and announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds tending their sheep, it was not a “normal” night. Most of us can spot “not normal” pretty quickly.

But please understand that God’s great love for you is far beyond normal. The Bible describes God as eternal, omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. He loves you and me so much that He wrapped Himself in human flesh and entered the world as a child. John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” Through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, God made forgiveness and eternal life available to anyone and everyone who will believe.

Maybe you are one of the millions today who are positively out of possibilities in your normal world. I pray you will hear and believe what the angel said to Mary the day her normal changed forever – “Mary, nothing is impossible with God.” I pray in these abnormal and unusual days that we can find unbelievable grace and peace in the God of all Glory!

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