Life as we know it did not end after all; for me–or for you if you are reading this.
There are people that it did end for. There are people that are thinking or wishing it had for them when it did for their children in Connecticut. Someone somewhere is thinking or wishing for death now as they receive their own tragic news or suffer terrible illness, losing children or other loved ones.
Some are just wishing it because they don’t know JOY. With those people I can relate- because I’ve been there and done that. But I’ll just confess now- I’m a poor witness to those who have suffered the type of pain mentioned above. I just need a little cheese to go with my w(h)ine sometimes, or maybe chocolate–chocolate ice cream preferably.
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The Jesus whose birth we Christians celebrate this time of year is the gift of JOY God sent to this hurting world. The loving God He is had to make a way for us to stand up and move on. Some have to just creep along or crawl awhile and depend on their praying family to nurture them and stand in the gap.
Immanuel, Prince of Peace, Lord of Lords, Lamb of God, Living Water, Bread of Life, Rose of Sharon, Holy One, The Almighty, Savior, Lion of Judah, the names of Christ number over one hundred at least in scripture.
When I get so low that even the chocolate ice cream doesn’t cheer me up I remember my favorite name for Him. It’s Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the finisher of my faith!! It brings me JOY everlasting because I know I am safe in His hands. There WILL be JOY because He doesn’t allow me to wallow in my sorrow for long. He is faithful to finish the work he began in me.
My sorrow is for those who hurt and have never known the JOY in this truth. My prayer is for those who can’t lift their heads nor their voices nor their hearts in hope of something better than this life as we know it.
God, hover your spirit over those who will recognize you’re calling their names. Maybe let them hear the tinkling of laughter as their children experience Christmas with the King this year.