The simplicity of Christmas has become lost in pomp and circumstance. The thrill of Black Friday and Cyber Monday – gone too quickly as we check our lists and count our savings.
We have parties to attend, trips to plan and family to visit – sometimes much to our chagrin. The tree is filled with packages wrapped in beautiful bows and fancy ribbons with the hope that the gifts express our love adequately.
Under the tree hidden beneath all the gifts we find a surprisingly human element in the Christmas story. The nativity scene symbolizes hope for humanity and a promise of God with us.
Born in scandal on this Christmas Eve, look what Matthew 1:23 has to say about Jesus,
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel.” Immanuel means “God with us.” A baby wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger, “God with us.”
Christmas teaches us God is humble and he desires to be with us regardless of where we are. Christmas reveals a miracle – a virgin who gave birth, an impossibility except with God. I
“For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:37
Are you facing an unbearable situation? Do you have the Christmas blues and nothing is cheery and bright? Are you grieving the loss of a loved one? Do you have more month left at the end of your money? Are you struggling with an addiction? Does your body need a healing?
Christmas proclaims God is with us and he wants to work a miracle in our lives today. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). This Christmas build in a pause and explore the infamous love of God who gave us the greatest gift of all, his presence.