Our text will come from Psalm 27:10. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
The Christmas holidays can be a wonderful time of year. There are the lights, the trees, the presents, the decorations, and of course the music but when you really think about it, these things mean nothing without being around family and friends whom we love.
When I think about this I think about my own mom who has passed on to be with the Lord. The next Christmas season we had to experience the first Christmas without her, then the New Year, and the rest of the holidays. For us, things were different.
This year for some, things will be different. This year for some the Holidays will be lonely, sad, and empty because for the 1st time someone is missing. The hugs, the kisses, the phone calls, the cards, the kind words they said to us are gone. The encouragement, the support, their prayers for us is gone.
This year my heart goes out for all those who are sailing these stormy waters. I do understand.
In our text we learn that there will be a time when our loved ones will not always be around. It is then we must trust in Jesus Christ to sustain us, to comfort us, to strengthen us, and to give us a reason to keep going on. He stabilizes us during these times.
The Christmas holidays for many is only about the festivities so when things change and become different, Christmas will prove to be even more difficult. The Lord said in Hebrews 13:4. Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Just this year I have just now gotten what the Lord is saying in this verse.
- In the first part of the verse he is telling us that coveting things, stuff, and junk doesn’t supply love or companionship nor does it comfort us in times of troubles.
- In the second part of the verse he tells us to be content with what you have because you won’t always have it or them around. Having friends and family around is worth far more than material things anyway.
- When those loved ones are finally gone the Lord is still there and he promised he will always be there.
Notice the picture. Regardless what you are going through you can always count on the sun still coming up. Yes, for some this year will be different but there is a positive side to this.
You can gain a new closeness with Jesus that you may not have had in the past and also you can gain a new appreciation for those that are still with us.
You might even appreciate Romans 8:28 a little more. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
May God help you this year if things are different.