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Posted By disciple

The other day I found my heart broken when a friend told me that this would not seem like Christmas to her or her family.  You see her son was hospitalized and they just didn’t know how long his recovery would take or if it would be complete.  I couldn’t help wondering how many other people are going through these emotions.  Many families loose loved ones at this time of year and find themselves at funeral services rather than Christmas celebration services.  Others are facing their first Christmas season without their loved ones and yet others will find themselves in the hospitals suffering from many different types of illnesses.  I believe that it is safe to say that in the midst of our illnesses, our grief, and our concerns we still can experience Godly joy and peace within our lives, especially during  this time of year, the Christmas season.  I believe that Christians are a paradox to the world because we can be suffering, grieving or overburdened by the strains of this world and still have peace of mind and heart because of our faith.  You might be wondering how this could be?  Simply put, because of the reason for the season, Christmas.  Orthodox Christians believe that God became flesh and dwelt among humanity (Christmas), John 1:1.  This would be the virgin birth of Jesus Christ the Son of the most High God.  You see this was God’s way of providing a Savior for all those that believe and choose Him to be their Lord and Savior.  If you think about it, the Scriptures are right on, explaining that Jesus was born to save the world not condemn it.  This was done when He sacrificed His life on the cross so many years ago.  For those that are suffering because a loved one is hospitalized or you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness or this world seems to be ripping your life apart, remember that Christ is with you and if you reach out to Him, Jesus will reach out to you.  Our Savior will never leave you or forsake you.  If you are grieving the loss of a loved one remember what Christ told us in John Chapter eleven, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies: and whoever lives and believes in me will never die”.  In other words there will come a time when we too will be with our loved ones in the heavens above for an eternity.  Please do not take this as a Cinderella message, just a message of truth from my heart to all of yours through the blessings and the grace of our God!  Have a joyous, peaceful and blessed Christmas celebration in the midst of all that is going on in your lives this year.  Jesus is the reason for the season.

Pastor Terry  

 
1 Comment(s):
Nicki said...
Thank you or that message Terry! I will have to share it if that is ok. I have a friend of mine who I met online who lost her husband the week before Christmas and she has 2 small children so this is very tough on her. Alos, my sister's mom has been in and out of the hospital for 3 weeks and was just out on Christmas Eve and may have gone back last evening. She was not doing well again. So it has been hard on the family during this time especially! And a friend of mine just lost her grandma yesterday on Christmas and she is already struggeling with God since she lost her baby 2 years ago. So, I pray for all of these people in my life and everywhere who are having to face these hard trying times in their lives and pray that even though they face these things that through them they can come closer to God not farther away!
December 26, 2009 7:13 AM
 
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