The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has left me little time to get online this past week, let alone to write. My thoughts this time around, therefore, are a bit shorter than my normal bloviation. ‘Tis the season for rejoicing. 🙂
And ’tis has been the season for shopping for presents. And wrapping them and then opening them (and then having to fight through the packaging to get to each toy and having to set up each electronic because you’re looked at as the go to guy for such even though you’re far from an expert). And ’tis the season to shop for and prepare and serve all kinds of food. And tis the season to make the rounds to visit all kinds of family and friends. Hustle and bustle, busy, busy, busy.
Meanwhile there is the battle and struggle to keep the remembrance of what this season is really all about. To deal with the blahs and bah humbugs that accompany thoughts of how commercialized and distracted we have become in our culture during this time. While balancing that with the joy that is brought to and by so many through giving and receiving. The joys of seeing the children’s faces lighting up when first seeing the gifts under the tree. The joys of giving that special gift that truly touches someone else.
The joys can hit such a high. Yet we also know of so many who struggle through this season. Those who have lost loved ones or who are down on their luck and have very little or nothing at all to give or to receive. Those who have no one to celebrate with or the children who wake up to no Christmas at all because they have no parents or parents who can’t even get themselves together enough to do a Christmas for them. And those who are depressed for however many reasons or circumstances and suffer through the holidays that they are supposed to “enjoy”. These things just don’t seem right or fair.
We should be celebrating the greatest Gift of all, yet there are so many who are suffering through so much pain. Even if we’re not the ones suffering great pain, we are still conflicted with so much that happens during this season. We struggle to come to terms with all of it.
We have been reading on these pages about the coming of Christ. For onto us a Savior is born, and He is coming yet again. An anticipation of the remembrance of His coming in the Incarnation and an anticipation of His coming yet again where He bring final judgment and set all things right once and for all. The Good News and what it all means.
Lord, we thank you for all the joy and happiness of this season. We admit to the struggles and pains of this season with which we sometimes don’t know what to do. Help us to keep our eyes on you. In what you have already done and in the promises you have given.
“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
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—” – I John 1:1-2
“Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.” – John 5:28-29
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:4