But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved:) And hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-6
I read an interesting article that I would like to share an excerpt from. It was in our local paper, ‘Shoshone News Press’.
The author of the article is Sheree DiBiase, a physical therapist.
She wrote about her early memories of anticipating Christmas. She wondered about Santa, and wanted to stay up and watch for him. She said she wanted to believe in something bigger and better than anything she’d ever known.
She said Christmas was a magical time where good cheer and families and relatives suddenly appeared. There was good food and times of togetherness.
“Friends and family are so thankful and joyful for thier time together. It’s not about the presents and the ‘goods’, It’s about the love that is shared and the idea that someone is thinking about you and thinks you are special. It’s about connecting and enjoying it. It’s about relationships.”
Then she wrote about patients who came to visit her during the year. They were in severe pain, and some had lost hope and belief in their wellness. They didn’t know what to do to fix their problems.
“‘To believe’ means to accept as true or real, to expect it, to have a firm faith, confidence or trust in it. What do you trust in when nothing is working out right?
What do you believe in when you have to change your dreams?
Brokenness is painful for all of us, and it comes in all shapes, sizes, and often, at the most unexpected times. Fear, anger, and grief, can come over us, and sometimes we get stuck there, right there in the middle of the pain. Real healing will come when we choose every day to move forward. It is a choice, and often we need help to do it. It means laying down your pride and asking for the help you need. When you stop and choose it, you will move through it. It will take all your belief and all your courage, but you can do it.
So this holiday season believe in something bigger and better than what you have ever thought you could. Believe in the ‘goods’ God has given you. You are a special one-of-a-kind person. You have what it takes and you are good enough. Just believe it, and choose to be well!”
I would like to add that Christ gave us life, quickened us, while we were yet dead in our sins. We do not have to be perfect people to receive grace and help from God. He came for the sick, the lost, the lame, and the weak. He came for sinners. God has great love. He is the ‘something bigger and better’ that everyone is looking for. Trust in Him, have belief and faith in Him this Christmas. Let Him help you move through whatever you are going through.
God’s great love for us was shown through the life and death of Jesus Christ. He is the celebration and hope of our hearts!
Thank You, Jesus! I look forward to celebrating You this Christmas, and every day! You are my hope and my salvation! You are my health, my love, my life! Thank You, again and again for Your great love and mercy towards me, a sinner. Amen.
I’m so glad God chose shepherds, a carpenter, and a young obscure girl to be part of His Christmas Story!