Without the gospel of Jesus Christ, we walk in darkness.
– empty eyes, empty souls, unmet longings –
Is there a Light in all this darkness?
………. Jesus’ good news brings light, and peace, and joy.
Then why does joy seem so far out of reach?
……….If we want to experience joy on a daily basis, we must be willing to give up doing nothing.
Doing nothing? In December?!
We are shopping or crafting for long lists of people, phoning friends, addressing cards, attending parties, wrapping, baking, decorating, wishing, meeting, remembering, and falling further behind every day.
We are so busy we forget to, um, I know I was supposed to do something before I—no, that was yesterday. I was supposed to call, um, I wrote the number on the corner of that green envelope. That’s right. I remember—it clogged my pen with that stupid glitter and—oh, for crying out loud. I was supposed to mail this last week!
Stop! – Breathe! – Think!
What true opportunities come with this season which celebrates Jesus’ birth?
- the opportunity to remember that life is not about the hustle and bustle and busy stuff
- it is about being eye-to-eye and heart-to-heart
- to soak-in the knowledge that “greater love hath no man that this: that he lay down his life for his friends.”
- the opportunity to meet needs and awaken hope in others—to show care for someone who rarely experiences it without strings attached
- the opportunity to show that there is love, and there is peace, and there is a reasonable hope:
“For I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all people;
… there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
When I bake for the single mother of five who lives behind me instead of ranting at her because her kids tore up my backyard,
When I help the boy next door find a lost pet,
When I include on my Christmas card list the neighbor with his music cranked up to window-shaking volume,
When I invite the lonely, elderly woman to tea…
I, too, see the Light in the darkness. His joy bubbles up in my soul. And I know His peace.
 John 15.13
 Luke 2.11