Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! Well, Christmas Eve, but still. Whoever you are, wherever you are, I’m wishing you the best Christmas of your life.

No, seriously. I love this season, and I genuinely hope you find exactly what you need. Rest. Peace. Joy. Whatever it is, I wish it for you.

Because of our varied pasts and circumstances, the ‘best Christmas’ looks different for each of us. It’ll always be imperfect. Because of human nature and worldly circumstances, the Christmas we celebrate here will never be perfect. But by focusing on the nature of Christ, on the anticipation the Christmas story brings, we can have our best Christmas.

I know, that’s not a really solid statement. It sounds like fluff, and in-real life hardship and brokenness, fluff is the very last thing that will fix things. But if you find yourself in this holiday season feeling less-than enough, feeling broken and hurt, I encourage you to lean into this verse; “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find.” –  Matthew 7:7

What do you need this Christmas?

You know what I mean. I’m not talking about a better car, or for bills to be paid, or anything physical. What does your soul need this Christmas?

Whatever your answer is, I am hopeful for you.

I’m wishing you comfort. We can’t replace the ones we have lost, or repair a broken past – but you are worthy of love. I pray you can find comfort in the story of Mary & Joseph, two people far from home with a counter-culture family with a seemingly down-hill future.

I’m wishing you hope. Despite the endless destruction you see and feel, despite no visual sign that things will get better, know that this season is all about hope. Lean into the story of Christ, our Savior who was born for you to create hope for you.

I’m wishing you peace. Oh, how I long for peace. Peace in the world, peace in your heart, peace instead of strife. I hope this Christmas you will see glimpses of the peace that will come, and the home we have in Christ.

I’m wishing you rest. Life is complicated, and the work seems endless. But take these days slow, knowing that Jesus today sits at his throne, his work completed. Interceding for you. The most important work is done, rest in his presence.

This Christmas, I’m wishing you joy. May you experience a happiness in-explainable, undeserved, and unexpected for. May it dwell deep in your soul and make your day move easier. Despite your circumstances, good or bad, I hope you can celebrate the birth of our Savior and the life he brings.

By no means is this an exhaustive list. What you need this Christmas, what you wish for this Christmas, might be something I could never guess or understand. Whatever it is, I pray you find it.

So from me to you, I wish you a very merry Christmas filled with the exact thing you need.

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