With just one week to go, there’s no doubt this year the celebration of Christmas is going to be so different for millions of people around the world because of the Pandemic. We are in the period of Advent (awaiting the arrival of a notable person), in this season, although it’s with a sense of uncertainty, people are making plans and preparations and buying things to celebrate this special season.
As we make our plans, however limited they may be, let’s not forget those for whom this will be a particularly difficult time coping with fear, loneliness, ill health, the loss of loved ones, employment, livelihood, and homes. May we be able to bring help, support and encouragement wherever we can.
Traditionally, the four weeks leading up to Christmas are recognised as a period of waiting and preparation. We prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus (His first coming), but we also wait for His return (His second coming). As we look forward to Christmas this year, let’s not allow the present circumstance to distract us from the marvellous message that ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’ (1 Timothy 1:15). God so loved us that He sent Jesus to die on the cross to save us.
As we look again at the crib and the wonderful gift of God to mankind and what it led to on the cross, let’s remember that was not the end. May this Advent be a time for us to take our eyes off our immediate circumstances and look beyond the pandemic with its struggles and uncertainties. Instead, may we look to His promises to us. This is a time to reset our focus on the truths we can celebrate, and what ultimately lies beyond. Let’s point our loved ones and those around us to the greatest gift of all (Christ), so they may find eternal life.
Paul gave this exhortation to Titus, ‘We should live in this evil world with self-control, right conduct, and devotion to God, while we look forward to that wonderful event when the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ will be revealed’ (Titus 2:12b).
A daily devotion for a better way of living.