Christmas is a time of year when we can look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus with family and friends. But in typical 2020 fashion, this Christmas is little tougher to handle than usual.
Preparing for Christmas has always been a tough time for me. The anxiety and stress about all the family get-togethers, the decorations and making sure you have at least a card to pass along to those who are important in your life. It can be a pretty overwhelming season with a lot of expectations that we tend to put on ourselves. But add a pandemic to the mix and you get this heavy feeling of discouragement.
The great thing about all this though, is how the Bible has been preparing us for this season. Instead of venting all of our frustrations on Facebook, we have verses that we can use to help us get through this challenging time.
Take for example Isaiah 41:10:
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Or how about Matthew 11:28:
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
As Christians we are meant to be a shining light for the world. And what kind of light are we for those who don’t know Jesus, when all we do is vent and complain about the world, instead of using our words to give glory to our father in heaven.
Yes, Christmas 2020 is like no other Christmas we have ever seen, but let’s try and make it memorable for all the right reasons.