Last week, as The Man and I were headed out the door to attend the wake of my brother-in-law's father, we stopped in front of the Christmas tree and attempted to strike a cheerful pose. Never mind that we managed to cover up most of the tree (I’m sure there’s a lesson for both of us in that), my point is sometimes you don’t feel like smiling, and this season often finds people in the midst of loss and grief, or reflecting on broken relationships and estranged loved ones.
As I pray for them, I keep going back to the very words of Jesus in John 16:33 when He said: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows: but be of good cheer, because I have overcome the world.”
Such a powerful message in this. When chaos surrounds us, our peace is in Him. When darkness prevails, with no sight of moon or stars or sun, our cheer is because He has overcome the world. What a comforting passage: "Be of good cheer, because I have overcome the world."
No matter what season you find yourself in, Christ has come. Let us rejoice!
I've been absent in blogland during most of this month, and will probably be the same for the remaining days in December, but I wanted to pop in and wish you all a blessed Christmas. Until next time, thank you for the gift of your friendship.