I know that Christmastime is supposed to be full of happiness and cheery, but to be honest, I normally feel melancholy at this time of year.
I understand the significance of Christmas, and it’s a wonderful holiday to celebrate.
I just don’t feel great during the Christmas season.
I honestly think that there are lots of people who struggle at Christmas in different ways.
Relational tension, financial challenges, and loneliness are just a few things of the many things that can make Christmas seem hopeless rather than hopeful.
If you’re struggling to feel hopeful this Christmas, here are three crucial things to remember:
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3 Hopeful Truths to Remember This Christmas
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1. Your Emotions Aren’t Sinful
When I feel solemn or sad, I have to remember that it’s not sinful to have those feelings.
Emotions aren’t wrong, and they don’t indicate character flaws. It’s okay to not feel cheerful during every Christmas activity or event or gathering.
But the way that you think, speak, and act when you feel _____ (fill in the blank with a negative emotion) is what matters.
When you feel discouraged, do you isolate yourself from others?
When you feel upset, do you sulk or complain?
When you feel hurt, do you turn to things/people instead of your Heavenly Father for comfort?
Don’t let emotions—the bad ones or the good ones—run your life.
2. This Too Shall Pass
The reason that I included this reminder in this post is because I can imagine that it’s the truth that Mary and Joseph were clinging to as they fled from Israel to settle in Egypt.
After the Wise Men came to see Jesus, an angel warned Joseph to leave Israel and live in Egypt because King Herod wanted to kill Jesus.
Though it’s not clear from Scripture how long Mary, Joseph, and Jesus had to stay in Egypt, it was likely a period of several months (if not years).
After King Herod died, an angel again appeared to Joseph, but this time, the angel told him that he, Mary, and Jesus could safely return to Israel.
God protected Mary and Joseph, and that difficult season did indeed pass. Your difficult season will too.
3. Jesus Came to Earth to RescueYou
Before Christ was born, in fact, hundreds of years before He was born, Isaiah prophesied that He gave up His life to save ours.
No matter how heavy our burdens in this life may feel, they weigh nothing compared to the great burden of our sorrows and sins that Christ willingly carried for us.
He sacrificed everything to make us whole, and that hopeful truth is worth remembering this Christmas.
“Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins!But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.”Isaiah 53:4-6 NLT