Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Wednesday to you all! Just think…day after tomorrow is Christmas! As I was thinking on this today, my mind was carried away to those who are hurting and in great need right now. It seems as though there are so many people struggling in this world…and also many who are going through health issues too.
You know…recently I was going through quite a bit of pain…and later that day, as I was relaxing and watching YouTube; I came across some videos of people who were living with chronic pain or cancer…and even some who had passed away from cancer. Over the many years that I have dealt with chronic pain and surgeries, I have truly come to see how others don’t always understand the needs of those who are going through these issues in life…and you know…Christmas time can make it even rougher on the one who is hurting deeply; so today, I would like to share some thoughts and encouraging words with the one who feels as if they are in a world of their own this Christmas.
As I look back on my life, I remember many times, when I felt as if I was on the sidelines of life. I grew up with 3 other siblings…and I only seemed to be the one with all the health issues. While they were enjoying everything that a young person should…I was laid up in a hospital bed…or I was going through long bouts of recovery…and through time, I felt as if I was sitting on the curb of a sidewalk, while life passed me by.
During this special time of the year, there may be some who feel as if they are also sitting on the curb of a sidewalk, while they watch all the special moments of Christmas pass them by, due health issues…financial needs…or even the loss of a job or loved one. No matter what it may be…these times we face can attempt to take away the spirit of Christmas.
As I was sitting here this morning…thinking on all of this; God led me to a Bible verse in Psalm 34:2…and we read… “I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.”
Maybe the moments of affliction we experience have a way of reminding us, as to what we are unable to do at this time of the year; but the way I see it; is that we can continue to rejoice in one thing this Christmas…and that is Jesus. When we focus on the true and only meaning of Christmas, even while facing these difficult times; we will no longer feel alone, in a world of our own; for now, the spirit of Christmas will truly be with us.
I think that so many times, we get caught up in what has been taken from us; that we tend to forget that nothing or no one can take away the One, for which Christmas truly exists. We must remember that the food we eat…or the other things we long to experience at Christmas…really doesn’t make up Christmas; for it’s all about the One who resides within us…the One who came into this world as a babe, to die on an old rugged cross and resurrect and bring new life to us. This is the true gift of Christmas…a gift of hope that can help us to keep pressing on, while facing these difficult times.
I don’t know about you; but Christmas isn’t the same as it once was for me…as my legs have worsened with time; but I have truly come to see that it’s not about the loss and the things I can no longer enjoy; but rather, it’s about rejoicing in what I can do, while spending time with the One…for whose birthday is a very special time for me to celebrate.
Out of all the things that I have learned throughout my life; I have truly come to see that focusing on what we may no longer be able to enjoy, will only make Christmas even more miserable. Why not rise above the loss and hurt in your life and do as the wisemen once did and seek Jesus…and one thing I know…this will be one of the best Christmas’ you’ve ever had!
As we close, I pray that we all will take in the real and true meaning of Christmas; that Christmas may truly come alive within each of our hearts…Amen!
Have a very blessed day and I will see ya soon!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain