GOODNESS GRACIOUS

By Tommy Rush

I enjoy being around children at Christmas time. It’s amazing how much you can learn from your grandchildren. This week I noticed that one of them had received a Christmas card from a former neighbor and she refused to put it down until she had shown it to the entire family. The card had her name on it so she placed it on the refrigerator for everyone to read! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy receiving Christmas cards but it has been awhile since I’ve expressed that much excitement over receiving one.

Children have a lot to teach us “old people.” For many adults, the disappointments, the losses, and the realities of life have caused our expectations of wonder and the excitement of Christmas to be lowered. Christmas for some people is just a time to empty the bank account, increase the bills, attend a few parties and eat like it’s our last meal.

If not careful, we can lose the expectation and excitement of Christmas as we grow older. It would do us good to remember the words of Jesus when He said, “Unless we become like little children we will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Maybe Christmas could work a miracle in our lives again if we would begin to look at it through the expectant wondering eyes of a child.

For most people, 2020 has been a difficult year. To make it even more difficult, some of you may be spending your first Christmas without your spouse or your parents, without one of your children or a brother or sister, Some may have lost a job or you’re struggling in the job you have. Perhaps your health has declined or you are going through a major life crisis and your optimism has disappeared. This year has been very hard for many financially. Yes, I realize that many are approaching Christmas with a heavy heart. Your expectations and excitement for Christmas might be pretty low right now.

But, regardless of how low you feel, regardless the state of your expectations, know this: Jesus came into this world to give you a power stronger than your problems. The angel’s message to the shepherds was that they would find the babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. The message given to the shepherds the night Jesus was born promises that no person is ever too insignificant to encounter God’s hope or too broken for that hope to put life back together again. John 1:5 tells us “the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” I pray the Light of the World will flood your heart with excitement this Christmas. May God bless you with the excitement and joy of a child eagerly waiting for Christmas to get here. And may you and your family be blessed with an unforgettable celebration of the greatest gift that has ever been given to the world… “A Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

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