It's Christmastime! The snow (maybe), the music, the cookies, the decorated trees and homes, the shopping and gift-giving and receiving, the stockings, the parties, the time with family and friends, and most importantly, the celebration of Jesus, coming to earth as a baby, to deal with sin and save the lost.
All of these things are what make Christmas, Christmas. We could do without most of it and it would still be Christmas, but it all adds to the ambiance of the season, especially getting together with those we love and simply spending time together.
Some of us may not be with those we love whether it's due to death, sickness, work or long-distance. Some of us may be with those we love, but it's still not great because of brokenness within those relationships. Grief, hurt, frustration or maybe bitterness exist and make this time tough. Really tough. Nothing and no one can deny it. But...
One thing and One person can help. Really help. The presence of Christ, Christ Himself in our lives, is really the only way to find complete satisfaction and joy this Christmas. By simply taking the time to humble ourselves and turn our feelings, our minds, our eyes and our hearts toward Jesus, we can truly experience His healing presence.
Because God is good. And because He sent His Son to earth, His presence is with us, then as a physical person, and now, through the Holy Spirit. He is with us! Not just around us everywhere, but with faith, within us as well. May this be the best presence you seek and get this Christmas!