Memories are an important part of Christmas.
Can you remember a special Christmas that you spent with people you love and cherish? Can you remember a Christmas when you simply stopped, looked around the room, and realized how richly God had blessed you? Maybe you can remember a year when Christmas was overshadowed by the loss of a person you loved? Those are all parts of your story.
We all have stories that we could tell about Christmas. Just imagine the story that Mary and Joseph could tell about the year they traveled to Bethlehem and couldn’t find a motel room. Just think about the stories that the shepherds could tell about the night when the sky opened-up and they heard the voices of angels. Can you imagine the story that the innkeeper told his friends about the night that he turned a pregnant woman away and forced her to deliver her baby in a barn? Think about King Herod sitting in his palace and biting his fingernails – knowing that something was happening and that he couldn’t do anything to stop it.
In today’s message, “Be of Good Cheer!”, we’re called to think about the most powerful part of Christmas. God came into the world to meet us! God came into the world to meet us wherever we find ourselves in our journey through life. We might be filled with excitement and joy this year. We might be finding Christmas difficult because our lives are different than they were last year. But the Good News is that wherever we find ourselves in life as we draw near to the manger, God comes down out of Heaven to meet us; to feed and to nourish us; to restore a sense of peace in our lives; and to remind us that no matter what happens in our lives – or in the world – God will be with us and good will prevail.
May God bless you today and every day. May God lift you up and strengthen you with His love. May God be with you – and fill you with peace – and make you whole!