For many of us, the Christmas season is one of magic and laughter and wonder. Parties and presents and smiling faces. But even surrounded by all those amazing blessings, sometimes heartache threatens to take away the joy of the season.
I don’t know what the struggles are for you. Maybe it’s the first holiday without a loved one, or the first holiday as a single parent, or the first holiday as an empty-nester.
All of these situations can steal our joy. And unfortunately, many times our well-meaning friends and family say just the wrong things.
Perhaps it’s Great Aunt Gladys asking year after year when you’re going to have another baby, while you’re struggling to hold back the heartache and tears of another Christmas with no little one to hold in your arms.
Or maybe you’ve been blessed with three, five, or seven little ones…with another on the way, and every party brings a chorus of “don’t you know how to stop this from happening yet?” Oh such sensitivity many of our loved ones have, right?
Still others of you may face the sting of friends and family who compare Jesus Christ to Santa Claus, a nice idea that silly people cling to at this time of year.
It’s difficult to find peaceful words to respond to hurtful words.
For many of those moments, we grin and bear it. We try to laugh off the hurtful comments. We keep going about our merry way. But it’s easy to sing about the “reason for the season” and it’s harder to believe in God’s goodness when we’re facing heartache in our lives.
But Jesus truly did come into this world to heal and to comfort. We have a Father God who loves us dearly and doesn’t want to see us hurt. Psalm 147:3 promises that “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
How glorious that we can fall at his feet and receive the comfort we seek. He cares about our hurt feelings and wants to see us restored to the fullness of His joy. He cares about the rude comments and hurtful words and wants to see our hearts healed.
Cling to Him this Christmas, friends! It’s about more than a baby in a manger, it’s about a Savior who truly, truly loves us.
It’s hard to find time to meditate on God’s goodness in the normal busy seasons of life. It’s even harder when you add in shopping and wrapping and caroling and cookies and candy and the general craziness of December. But, sisters, spending time with Him is worth it!
It’s never a waste of time! So whether you’re worshiping while wrapping presents or praying as you rock little ones to sleep at night, let’s grow in our faith this holiday season. Let’s TRY to not let the words of others wreck the goodness of Christmas, no matter how cutting they may be.
Today, I’m praying that your family, friends, and coworkers will think before they speak. But I’m also praying for peace in your heart, no matter how hard the holidays feel this year.