"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.
For your season.
Prophesy was fulfilled as He entered the world as an innocent babe...One who came with great purpose...to 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.