Last night as I was missing my kids and grand children, my heart broke for the families who have recently lost loved ones. Although I was mainly thinking about the heartache resulting from the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, the fire fighters who were killed last night and some local losses of life also came to mind.
In the midst of “Merry Christmas” celebrations, many are just trying to “survive” the day as squeals of joyous delight echo from memories, instead of from excited family gathered around ornamented trees. Torn paper and unraveled ribbons have been replaced by torn hearts and unraveled lives as “loved ones” mourn and try to “make sense” of senseless acts of violence.
Although I kept trying to cheer myself up by convincing myself that I needed to just “get a grip” — after all—“It is Christmas Eve!”, no matter how much I urged myself to “feel happy” I couldn’t get beyond the pain and disappointments.
I felt guilty for not being filled with Christmas joy. Why am I “Not OK—or am I?” Is it better to “make believe” I don’t hurt and belt out “deck the halls, or is it better to “be real” and duck into the shelter of the Most High?
In the early A.M., I turned to Isaiah 9:6. I was reminded that although Jesus didn’t come in the midst of the most enjoyable circumstances or surroundings—He did come!
Born in a stable instead of a palace, Mighty God came in the wrappings of humanity so He could enter the hearts of humanity. He came to live with us so we could live with Him forever. He came as the Prince of Peace to bring us hope and peace. He came not only to bring us life, but to “live” life with us—in laughter and in sorrow—in sickness and in health.
So whether you need Jesus to celebrate with you in a dance, or rock you in His arms and grieve, the Prince of Peace is there for you— celebrating “you” as you celebrate Christmas!”
May you be blessed this Christmas, Jeannie Boatright
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 NKJV).
John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”
Matt. 11:28, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”
Col. 1:20, “and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross…”