Monday, December 24, 2012

Your Season is the Reason

"I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." John 10:10 (ESV)

What is your season like?                               

Christmas is proclaimed to be the "hap-hap-happiest time of the year," but for many happiness seems beyond their reach. They are in a season that isn't bright or merry. I can't even begin to imagine the sadness filling the hearts of those in the community of the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Broken hearts and spirits are not just found in stories that make the headlines, but in the hearts of your neighbors and friends. Even your family.

Illness has taken some captive. The death of loved ones...recent and even long ago...can rekindle the blaze of mourning at a time when it just feels like that loved one should be present. Loneliness overtakes many and the ache of a heart that's been broken cries louder than the tunes on the radio.

But Jesus came.

For your season.

Prophesy was fulfilled as He entered the world as an innocent babe...One who came with great preach good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to comfort those who mourn-to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. (Isaiah 61:1-3)

Yes, your season is why He came.

He came to bring life...everlasting life...abundant and to the full.  It is personal. He came for you.

It is my prayer that you feel His presence tangibly as you walk through Christmas and the new year to come. May He bless you beyond measure.                                                                             


quietspirit said...

Thank you for your reminder. It is a matter of grace that we are able to say we belong to Christ.

Gloria Minor said...

So very thankful that He is always there for "my season".

Love you friend!

Kristi Butler said...

Cecelia, I pray that you had a blessed Christmas and will find great joy in the New Year!

Yes, Gloria, how would we survive without Him? So thankful that we're in this together! I love you!

Vonda Skelton said...

Kristi, I can't believe how close our blog posts were this week, and I actually uploaded mine last week and set it to post this week so I wouldn't have to worry about it Christmas week.

And yet, here are our words, posting at the same time. I think God was speaking to both of us...

Love you, sweet friend!

Kristi Butler said...

Vonda, I love how God joins our hearts and minds. I'm praying sweet blessings for you!

MyAwesomeOliveShoots said...

You are capable of being a friend to so many through this blog. Your caring heart extends graciously to others. I'm blessed to call you friend. Thank you for your sweet words of hope found in Jesus! I love you!