“The people walking in the darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned, You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy . . . for unto us a Child is born, to us a Son is given” (Isaiah 9:2-3,6).
“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).
It is a great mystery that often gets lost in all of the hustle and bustle of the whole holiday season. Our calendars are full, our children are squirming with an overload of expectations!
Those of us with chronic pain and disabilities feel like we are losing who we used to be as we can do less and less each year. Instead of thinking of all we have lost due to the pain and disability of our illnesses, ponder these things.
There is a great Light! Our Lord has increased our JOY! Don’t you see? A Child is born!
Several Christmas’ past our family was enjoying one of our favorite traditions. Simply piling into our car and going on a Christmas light drive. So fun!
We wandered into an upscale neighborhood that we had never been to before. The big houses were decked out in elaborate displays! Frosty and Rudolph were mixing it up with Santa’s sleigh and manger scenes.
Other homes were more traditional looking with wreaths and candles in the window. After a while we were getting cold and wanting to head home.
We wandered trying to find our way out to the main road. We quickly realized we were lost!
The streets were often one way, and ended in little cul-de-sacs. Every time we though we were out we ended up in another tangle. My husband sent up a quick prayer, and we found it.
It was sitting atop a building on the main road, and as long as we kept heading in that general direction we found our way out.
We had our own little version of “walking in the darkness and seeing a great Light!” The Star led us out.
Take some quiet time this Christmas. Ponder these things in your heart. There are great mysteries, and great JOY this Christmas.
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great JOY that will be for all people. Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.”
Prayer: Oh Lord, thank You sounds so insufficient for all You have given us. Forgive us for thinking of all we have lost. Help us to have a hunger for more of You in our lives. We thank You and praise You for Your many blessings Amen.
About the Author:
Sandra Platt has had Fibromyalgia for 26 years, and now has several severe Autoimmune illnesses as well. She tries to bravely face life and write about all joyful things the Lord has taught her. She has 3 adult “kids” who are very cool. She has been a Pastor’s wife for 26 years, and lives in rural Indiana.
This Christmas I urge you to take some quiet time, and ponder the mysteries of this amazing season. Remember the times God has blessed you in a way only He could. Remember that He is the only reason for this season.
Christmas doesn’t need to be about the business, but rather, as this song says, “Christmas is All in the Heart” with Steven Curtis Chapman. This is a beautiful video that reminds us that regardless of what is going on in our world and circumstances, Christmas can still exist. I know it is hard. My husband could vouch that I need to take my own advice. Praying that God steps in where my weaknesses show themselves. -Lisa