To truly celebrate the Savior's birth, we must
be willing to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him (Luke
9:23). Atheists of course are not willing to do this. But, are we who
celebrate the babe in the manger, willing to submit to the Crucified
and Risen One when the trials and suffering of life come our way?
Do we trust that God is in control and that nothing happens in our
lives apart from the will of the Father? It is during these difficult
times that we may be tempted to give up and ask, "Is there a
As many of you know, three years ago my husband,
Bob, survived a traumatic brain injury. I can’t imagine my family
and me walking this path without the hope that God has a greater plan
in mind. Admittedly, many days I want to give up. Yet, where would I
go? To whom would I turn? There is salvation in no one else!
Some of the “fruit of our suffering” has
become evident, our family is closer, and we are grateful for the
extra time to love one another. I also thank God for the Body of
Christ. We have been on the receiving end of love being poured out
to us in a myriad of ways, all to show us Jesus-with-skin-on-love!
Over and over again God has faithfully provided for us, teaching us
that he is near and can be trusted.
Yes, the Christ-child is the reason for
the season! His birth was for his death. His death was for our birth.
In him, true Christmas joy is found!