How was Christmas day for you? I know it can be a hard time for some. Apologies for such a negative intro to this post. Truth be told, I have mixed feelings about the season; for the bad feelings, my reasons are threefold; firstly, some of you may know that I lost my son, Tom Luke, over three and a half years ago, and I wonder what he would be up to now. And, It’s hard not to feel robbed of my son’s life, he should be here with us, with me (his mum), dad, and baby sister. Secondly, I’ve always been an introvert, so having to come out of my warm and cozy shell, to visit people, is not easy. Lastly, having worked in retail for many years, I know all too well the ugly, rude, and downright horrible side of the season.
What I do love about Christmas is that it’s a time of hope. The music can be annoying (primarily if you work with the public). But, there is a joy and expectation of goodness contained within the music. Thankfully, as followers of Jesus, joy, and hope aren’t missing from our lives, simply because the Yuletide is over. We also have peace and love because of what Christ has done for us, consider what the Lord says in this verse. “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27
I love how Jesus communicates to us that the peace the world has to offer is nothing like the peace He gives us. Another verse that I cherish and think of often, and, again speaks of peace, not of this earth is ” Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
When I reflect on the person I was before getting saved, I can’t help but be thankful to the Lord for what He has accomplished in my life, He continues to renew me every day. Consider the fruit of the Holy Spirit as depicted in Galatians 5: 22-26
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other”.
We can walk in step with the Spirit and bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control, we can show goodwill towards others because Jesus has dealt with our sins on the cross. We can have this all year round, and not just on Christmas, we are very privileged people.
I hope that you continue to make the most of the celebrations, God bless,