Christmas is less than a week away! I say that not to scare you into running from here and off to do shopping, but to express my joy in the nearness of the celebration of Jesus’ birth! This month we’ve been talking about Christmas l.o.v.e. The first week we talked about love, the second about opportunity, and today we’re talking about victory.
The people who walk in darkness
will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness,
a light will shine.
One of my favorite books in the bible is Isaiah, and each Christmas I take time to read Isaiah 9 and am reminded of what a special gift Jesus really is. He had been predicted for many years before his birth, and when he finally arrived he was kind of a disappointment to people because he didn’t come and conquer the world as people thought he would.
The first coming of Jesus was about creating victories in minds and hearts, not over the world.
I think the greatest encouragement from this wonderful celebration is that it gave the people hope. It told them that God hadn’t forgotten them, but had heard their prayers.
We should be encouraged by knowing that not only has the Great Light been to earth, but He’s coming back. So this Christmas, while you may be disappointed by your situation or by the state of the world, be encouraged that God does hear your prayers and will answer them.
How can you spread light and hope this holiday season?