Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Most Wonderful Time of the (tough) Year

The incredible voice of Andy Williams wafted through the car as he sang “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Normally I would be the girl everyone stared at, stopped at the intersection pretending to be Mariah Carey singing at the top of her lungs. Not too long ago I believed with all my heart that in fact Christmas was the most wonderful time of the year. Yet, the last week I have been praying something over and over again I never thought I would say, “let the Mayans be right” and singing “O come, O Come Emmanuel” but for the final time. Come rescue us from the evil of this world, the sadness that comes with the loss of loved ones, and the fear of what is too come. More than ever I am ready to see my Savior face to face.

Parents are attending the funerals of their sweet little children. Having to bury them with their favorite stuffed animal or clothed in their favorite sports jersey and left to return the Christmas presents they had anxiously awaited. One of the strongest women I have ever had the pleasure of being around gone much too early. Her family left to mourn the loss and her students left with only the memories of the caring woman she was. A man taken from his family just weeks before Christmas; his grandchildren that will forever miss sitting on his lap opening Christmas presents and one less stocking to put on the fireplace.

Yet, this morning my sweet Savior reminded me that not in spite of all the things, but in fact with all these awful circumstances included, it is absolutely still the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR! Luke 1:31-33 says “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob FOREVER, and of his kingdom there will be NO END.” In just a little less than a week we will celebrate the birth of our Savior. We will be reminded that He came, was and is called Emmanuel, God with us, and our hearts will look to the time that He WILL return again, and “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). If we did not have His birth to celebrate, then we would not have His return to cling to! So although this has been an incredibly difficult few weeks and year, we will celebrate with great joy the birth of our Savior knowing that this is in fact the most wonderful time of this sad year. It reminds us to focus on the joy that is yet to come and the one that came and is coming again. He will take us home to a place of no more funerals, evil, or separation from the lover of our souls, or the loved ones we miss!

He’s BIG (& coming soon!) and I’m little (celebrating that He came & is coming again!),

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