Christmas is one of the grandest Holidays on our calendars. We look forward to the decorations, the presents, family, friends, and all the joy this season has to offer. We celebrate the babe born in the manager with glad tidings of great joy. For a Savior has been born! He is Christ the Lord. But what about the times when drastic changes take place in our lives. Can we still rejoice? Will we be filled with joy in the midst of change?
For our family Christmas this year will once again bring drastic change. We have celebrated Christmas Eve at Shari's parents for over 20 years. In that time frame we have only missed one or two celebrations at the farm house. Shari, her sisters, and others in the family have been blessed in this family tradition for all their lives.
We will miss the warm house, the smell of Christmas Chili, and the tastes of sugary sweet goodies. We will certainly miss the blessed presence of her father and mother. The chaos of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and the adults tearing into neatly wrapped presents all at once. Christmas in the midst of change can be difficult.
We cherish the blessed memories we have of many years with Christmas traditions. We wonder what the Christmas season will hold for us this year personally. We look forward to the new traditions and new blessings that are before us. We still are uncertain about the change. Will we be able to rejoice? Can we be filled with joy? Is there stability in all these changes?
The biblical answer is obviously yes. We can confidently understand from the pages of Scripture that we can still rejoice. We can be joyous and glad in the midst of change. The difficulty in our lives is often practical application of those truths. We will face challenges, difficulties, and change this Christmas. Yet we also know that our joy is deeply rooted in the unchanging truth from God's Word.
Here are a few things we will be reminding ourselves of this Holiday Season. Jesus Christ the Son of God; wonderful, counselor, mighty, eternal, God. He humbled himself taking the form of a man, yet remaining fully God to save us from our sins. Faultless, Majestic, Marvelous, and Changeless is our God. The Truth is before us, but the choice is ours. We will rejoice and remain joyful in the midst of change this Christmas Season because of the never failing truth from God.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11