Sunday, December 24, 2017

God's Power in Christmas

I have a confession to make.

I asked other bloggers to write about Christmas so that I didn’t have to. That’s why you’ve seen posts from people like Julia and Taylor throughout the Advent season (they did a marvelous job - thank you girls!)

I didn't want to avoid writing about Christmas because I hate the season or anything. I love Christmas. Who doesn't?

But Christmas is hard.

In all the years I’ve been blogging, I’ve actually never written about Christmas, because it's hard. Today I’m changing that.

One of my favorite Christmas memories happened when I was around sixteen, I heard a message about Mary. That was the first time I understood all that went into the birth of the Messiah. I love that Jesus had to be born from a virgin so that the seed of man’s sin wasn’t passed on. I love the prophecies because they blow my mind. I love how complex God is, because I’m complex too, and the little details about the Christmas story mean so much to me.

Christmas is incredibly powerful and every advent season, I am reminded again of all that had to occur for God to save His people from their sins.

While there’s a billion wonderful things to think about during the holiday season, I know that I and many others struggle through all the tough things that Christmas brings, too. Family troubles, financial troubles, sickness, relationship issues, and cares upon cares upon cares all seem to heighten this time of year.




I was sitting on the couch bottling up all of those cares today when God spoke to my heart. He reminded me of that message I once heard and power I find in the birth of the Messiah. He reminded me of the hymns we sing, and the prophesies I love, and I started to wonder something. I wonder if all the toughness, business, and bottled troubles that Christmas brings, is all the devil’s scheming to distract us from how powerful the Christmas season really is.

We talk about materialism taking away from the "true meaning of Christmas." But that’s not what I mean. I mean, I think that we talk so much about the baby we forget about the Messiah. God’s people spent hundreds of years waiting for Jesus. His birth and death completely changes our eternity. It changes the way we live. It sets the prisoner free, gives the blind sight, makes the lame walk, and gives us all power over sin, death, and the enemy. That's actually what Christmas is: victory over the enemy. Jesus came to earth to wash us of our sin and create open communication between us and God. What a time to be alive.

He’s so much more than an innocent baby.

Perhaps this Christmas season, instead of focusing on all the bottled cares, remember the One who came to set you free from them. I think if we do that, we'll see God's power in a way we've never seen it before. We'll see Him overcome all of our Christmas troubles. 

Merry Christmas.


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  1. Wow, this post was a breath of fresh air! As someone who finds the holiday season wonderful but hard, it can be tough to read through all the happy Christmas posts. This was awesome! Thank you so much for it! I pray you find future Christmas seasons easier to face.

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Sarah! I'm so glad it spoke to you. I had a wonderful Christmas. I hope yours was just as sweet and happy. <3

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    2. You really have to look at Christmas and see all the history of the world to truly appreciate the Christmas story. Sometimes I almost catch glimpses of the glory and the majesty and the immensity of it all, but it's so hard to hold onto those moments.

      There was a poem, The Turn of the Tide, by C.S. Lewis that I read a few years back. I think it captured a bit of the majesty of it all.

      I hope your Christmas was wonderful =)

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  2. YES YES YES! I wrote a blog post similar to this for Christmas - thank you! <3 <3 <3

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