Do you remember Christmas as a kid?
You decorated the tree, frosted cookies, and raced downstairs early to open your presents. Maybe you starred in a Christmas program or scribbled Santa Claus a letter. Excitement and magic filled the air!
One holiday my sister and I begged our parents for cabbage patch dolls. Our parents hid our presents throughout the house, and we looked high-and-low for them. We laughed and shouted for joy when we found our dolls hidden in the deep freeze in the garage!
Do you remember Christmas as a teenager?
All you wanted was sleep and time with your friends. You only requested money, because it was the perfect gift.
Do you remember Christmas in your first home?
Was it a single apartment or a married bungalow? Did you spend it with his family or your family? You coveted perfection and contemplated what dishes to cook, traditions to start, and presents to purchase.
Do you remember the first Christmas with your kids, or your nieces and nephews?Merriment and mischievousness danced through their bodies, while they pleaded to open one gift early!
There are many wonderful holiday experiences, but there is a different one. A Christmas where someone we love is missing. A sad void, an empty chair.
Maybe separation, divorce, or death shattered the home, or the person served in the military and couldn’t fly home. The season foreshadowed heartache, loneliness, and dread.
This is me. My mother died last year, and I long to skip December. Even though she is in heaven, I miss her. All the previous happy memories flood my mind, while the pain paralyzes me from creating new ones with my family.
No matter what you are experiencing this Christmas or have experienced, the one constant, unchanging truth is the hope we can have in Jesus Christ.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 NIV
God loves you and wants you to have eternal life with him. My mom choose the gift of eternal life. She knew that she was a sinner and asked the Jesus to be her Savior.
Do you have that hope? The Christmas hope is the gift of eternal life.
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."
Luke 2:11 ESV
No matter what experiences you are going through, may you have the hope of knowing Jesus as your Savior and sharing it with others.