It’s only a couple of hours before Christmas day, and right now, the house is a complete standstill. Everyone’s in their rooms resting in preparation for tonight’s festivities.
And this is just the opportune time for me to think thoroughly why we are celebrating this occasion. The company of family is heartwarming, parties with friends are good as well, gifts are nice to receive and give. Everything feels good right now. But there are some people I know who will be celebrating alone. Right now, this very instant, alone on Christmas eve.
My friend, this post is for you.You are not alone. You never have been.
Christmas offers many truths, but surely this is one: You are of great worth to God.
Taking these cues, I bring you a prayer and a blessing:
To all who’ve been dismissed or tossed aside;
To all who, made bitter by the cracks in your story, now tremble or seethe at the mention of ”love”;
To every weary-boned parent saddled with regret or loss or despair;
To every child, grown yet still yearning for tenderness and acceptance;
To every one of us who compulsively judge our reflection in the mirror or replay conversations over and over or carry every criticism to a dark, dark place;
To each of us who are ashamed of our fears and our machinations and who hide the fact that in our own sophisticated ways we still have to leave the light on at night.
I pray that you will know, these beautiful days, the profound worth of your soul, the sturdy weight of your being. There is an astounding splendor in you—and I know this because the God of all beauty and power has called you into existence. And God delights in the sheer presence that is you. – Winn Collier
The Lord is closest to the struggling, the empty and especially the broken. Today, rejoice. You are not alone. You don’t have to be. Jesus’ very birth is the reason why those who are in their darkest can find solace and comfort in the fact that He was born to us.
Smile my friend. Our Saviour is born.