Holidays can be rough.
For those suffering, it can magnify that. For some, it can bring up difficulty from their past, such as reminders of a loss or a season of hardship in their life. To be honest, I was nervous about the holidays this year. With holidays come lots of family gatherings with bulging bellies and sweet toddlers and babies running around – joyous for sure, but a stark and painful reminder for those with empty arms and wombs.
Thankfully, God has brought me much joy and peace the past month or two! It has been refreshing water to my dry soul! Praise God that he has rescued me from that deep despair and – although it’s definitely still a struggle I can breathe a little easier now and that is wonderful:) Thanksgiving with the Wellers was so amazing and my, oh my, the advent basket has been the best part of my month.
But I read this blog post and thought it was GREAT. It’s called “Christmas is for those who hate it the most,” just talking about how Jesus came to seek and save the lost, the heartbroken, those in despair. For the Advent season, Pastor Kevin (and Bryan last week) preached about remembering Jesus’ first coming and looking forward to His second coming! Often his birth and life is the only thing we talk about this advent season but it is so much more!! His second coming is when all of His promises will be completely fulfilled, when every tear will be wiped from our eyes, and when King Jesus is coming back to reign and rule for all eternity!!
I highly recommend listening to their sermons and reading the post, but most of all reflecting on King Jesus – may you know Him more and worship Him fully this season!
Happy Christmas Eve! To God alone be the glory!
(and p.s. – if you’re in the area, please join us at The Oaks Community Church for our midnight service tonight!!)