You know the Andy Williams song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” It’s about Christmastime. There is something special about this season. Even I, though given to bouts of “grinchy-ness”, feel the excitement of celebration and cheer. We enjoy the time with family and friends. We cherish a few days off to eat and rest and give and receive gifts. For those of us who belong to Jesus, Christmas has an even deeper reason for joy. We celebrate the birth of a savior.
At the same time, I think we should recognize that for many this is not the “hap-happiest season of all.” At the holidays many are confronted with loneliness, dysfunction, grief, and pain. It brings hurtful family dynamics to the forefront. Losses are magnified at Christmas. If you struggle at Christmastime, I want to direct you to a much greater promise than presents and family and shopping. It’s the promise of a returning Savior who will wipe every tear from your eye and make all thing new. And for those who are blessed to be able to enjoy this season, say a prayer for those who struggle. When you pray before a family meal, remember those who will not be gathering with family for various painful reasons.