Christmas is Painful if We Forget the Mighty God
For some, Christmas is painful. Why is it that a season that is known for joy and excitement is difficult for some? Corinne suggests we need to focus on the Mighty God.
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Why Christmas is Painful For Some
For many, Christmas is a time of joy, excitement, and good times of making great memories. For many others, Christmas brings so much stress and heartache, we just want to fall asleep and not be woken until January.
Christmas is the only holiday which we commonly preface our greeting with “merry.” Then, if it’s so “merry,” why does it bring so much pain to so many?
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6).
During His earthly ministry, Jesus turned water into wine, healed many people, including one from afar (Matthew 8:5-13), many who were blind, and those with leprosy. He also cast out a great number of demons, showed His dominion over nature (Matthew 8:23-27, 21:18-22) and provided, in some cases, a multitude of people, with provisions for their needs.
He also raised some people from the dead, which culminated in the greatest miracle when He Himself rose from the grave after His sacrificial death. While He did appreciate those who came back to give thanks (Luke 17:15-19), He never asked anything in return for all He provided.
False Expectations at Christmas
I believe that one of the major pitfalls we stumble into during the Christmas season is that of false expectations. We tell ourselves that Christmas is not about the gifts, or the fancy meals, or the grandest light displays, yet many times we fall into the trap of going all out on Christmas, and then feeling just a little bit hurt when people don’t respond the way we think they ought to.
We might feel miffed when someone fails to compliment us, or say thank you. We might feel slighted when someone didn’t give us as lavish, or as meaningful, or as costly a gift as we gave them.
Christmas is Painful When We Expect Too Much
We think that Christmas should be merry, so we try to make it merry. Then, we blame ourselves and others when it isn’t quite as merry as we had hoped. Broken hearts and divided families just follow after. The truth is, painful Christmases come about when we turn to ourselves in hope and expectation, and we fail to look on the only One who is mighty enough to even exceed our expectations in every way. We can do all we want this Christmas, but in the attempt, let us try to remain focused on the Mighty God who will never let us down.
She is a stay-at-home mom, who spends most of her time homeschooling their three children.
She attends Scottlea Gospel Chapel in St. Catharines, ON, where Stephen serves as an elder.
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