This time of year is so joyful, hopeful, exciting, and humbling. It is definitely my favorite season. There are so many wonderful memories etched into my mind + heart of Christmas time. I always look forward to making more memories every year with family and friends. I love reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas. Sometimes we rush the meaning of the most important day of history with all the hustle, bustle, gifts, parties, cooking, and planning. I really love spending time dwelling on that first Christmas night.
It is so humbling to me that God would send His Son to be born in human flesh among a world full of sinners so we could one day be saved by His grace. Gives me chills, folks.
“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!'” Luke 2: 8-14, ESV
Isn’t it such a beautiful, yet simple story? It always, always brings tears to my eyes. Can you imagine the fear the shepherds felt? Can you picture Jesus being born in a little stable and laid in a manger? The emotions of Mary and Joseph entering the world of parenthood? Sometimes I imagine what it must have felt like to be present that night. What a precious sight that must have been. How amazing that God cares enough about a wretched sinner like me, that he would send His Son so I can one day have eternal life with Him in heaven. I don’t know about you, friend, but if that doesn’t squeeze your heart, I’m not sure what would.
Christmas is a celebration of that wonderful night. A reminder that someone will always love you, be there for you, care for you, listen to you, and has experienced every emotion you have. It’s also a reminder that one day we won’t feel any hurt, sadness, pain, depression, anxiety, fear, bitterness, emptiness, and sorrow. There’s everlasting life because God fulfilled His promise.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:16-17
We’re all just walking each other home, friends. Even in the dark days, we have hope and light. Even in the valleys, we will one day be on the mountain tops. God is with us every step of everyday. If you ever feel alone or your faith feels small, just read the beautiful story of Christmas + the good news of life.
My family prays for peace, comfort, joy and happiness for your family this Christmas. There are blessings all around us. The biggest blessing we can ever receive is opening the door and letting Jesus into our hearts. That my friend is a forever blessing. Merry Christmas!
Fallon and my little family