Are there holiday celebrations you know you may miss or have to cancel? Bronlynn shares about one event that we can look forward to.
“Then the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'” (Revelation 19:9).
Traditionally holidays are a time of sharing with family or friends, but those of us with health problems know that holidays can be discouraging and lonely times.
We may not be able to visit family or entertain them ourselves. We may be in too much discomfort to attend social events. We may not be able to eat certain foods because of allergies or digestive issues. We may not have the ability or resources to buy gifts. We may not even be able to attend a church service.
Even though we rejoice in Christ’s birth and know that it’s not about all the traditions of the season, we can feel self-pity and isolation.
Last December my husband I visited Longwood Gardens. My favorite display was a huge and beautifully decorated banquet table. It reminded me of that wonderful day when Scripture is fulfilled and all believers will join together in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. How I look forward to that day!
Christmas is not just about Christ’s birth–although that is certainly something to celebrate! But because He came, lived, died, and rose, conquering sin and death, I have that wonderful banquet to look forward to. No pain or problems will keep me from it, and all fellow believers I love or who I have lost will be there, along with countless other believers through the ages.
No earthly holiday celebration can equal the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, or the eternal joys that will follow.
So this Christmas, if there are things I must give up because of my pain, yes, I will be disappointed. Yes, I may grieve and feel loss. But then I hope I will move forward and focus on the complete meaning of Christmas, rejoicing in what is to come because of it.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, whatever I may have to give up this holiday season, keep me focused on the full significance of Your coming to earth. Let those truths replace all worldly expectations, and fill me with joy and hope. Amen.
About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, eye pain, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at http://www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.
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