Out of darkness, light (John 1:5); out of mourning, joy (Psalm 30:5)!
There is something about the Christmas season that redeems the days, and I want to share a thought of gratitude and joy with you in this Christmas greeting.
This year’s pandemic forced many of us to cancel plans, stay inside, even avoid human contact. I have to admit, I hate the term, “social distancing.”
Some among us have even known the deep loneliness that comes with losing a loved one in 2020. (If this is you, one of our TFL team members who also lost someone recently shared this video and song, as it comforted him. May it comfort you, as well.)
But as I reflect on the birth of our Savior, I am reminded that He is called “Immanuel,” meaning God with us.
From His lofty throne, God entered our world to live with us, as one of us. Into darkness, into poverty, into fear, the child Jesus was born in the humblest of circumstances. And here’s the point: He came to us. He didn’t leave us alone, but demonstrated His love in the most miraculous of ways, Almighty God taking on flesh to be with us.
How much more can we be assured, then – when He moved heaven and earth to be with us – that He is also with us now?
No matter who sits with you around the tree this Christmas – or who may be conspicuously absent – you’re not alone. Immanuel has come!
And in this, we rejoice: He is here. He is with you. And He loves you so much, He has promised His presence that Christmas Day in Bethlehem, this Christmas in 2020, and every day for eternity!
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39
May His presence and the joy of His peace be with you this season.