As Christmas draws ever closer, many of us grow excited with anticipation. Especially children. Remember when Christmas used to be a magical time of the year? I have great memories of Christmas as a child. My parents spoiled me at Christmas. As I’ve gotten older, I really enjoy Christmas with my own children. I love going to church on Christmas Eve and being with them on Christmas morning, just spending time as a family. But it can also bring financial stress, busyness, and other distractions that can take away from the true meaning. In a way, I dread Christmas in a worldly sense, but what remains constant is the reason we celebrate in the first place. I have to stop and remind myself of that often during this season.
Many of us have other stresses beyond just finances. Some of us, throughout the year, have lost loved ones, or things have changed in our relationships and there is going to be the stinging reminder of an empty seat at the table. I am praying for you. Really, I am praying that you will be able to focus on Jesus throughout this season. I pray that you will be reminded constantly that he is our source of hope. I pray that our Lord provides you with blessings that take your attention away from the hurt, the pain, and the loss. I’m going to need your prayers for the very same thing.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season filled with joy that comes from the promise of the person of Jesus Christ. I hope you are blessed by time with family and friends. Focus on Jesus and he will bring joy and peace. He is, in fact, the Prince of Peace.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
~ Mike Allen