When we are young Christmas time is just so magical. It brought only good thoughts and memories. As I have matured the notion that the holidays are magical has kind of lost its luster. I really believed that during the week of Christmas tragedy could not touch people’s lives. Sadly, as we grow up, we find that this is not true at all. The boney finger of death never takes a holiday and people that we love and care about hurt ever so much when those they love depart from them. The truth is that this year has stunk to the highest heaven and I have no regrets or sadness of turning the page of 2020 to 2021. The only regret is that I cannot take the hurt and pain that comes from living this life. Yet, I know the One that can. Let me remind you of King Jesus.

Revelation 7:17, “for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.” It doesn’t matter if death takes the life of someone we love or we are reminded of hurt and division from a broken family we have a Savior that hears and sees. There will be a day that every tear that we shed will be wiped away by the very hand of our God. I hate it that for many the holidays only bring up memoires of hurt and pain. That pain does not just go away but know that Jesus isn’t going anywhere either. He has promised us in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” Grab on to these words in this new year. Better days are coming because Jesus is coming. Let us stand together through all that befalls us for our King is with us. It is always darkest right before the dawn.

He who testifies to these things says, Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.