He is the Lord God -faithful and true
We have now entered the Advent Season, which is deemed the beginning of the Church year. It is a time of preparing for the coming of the Lord Jesus – celebrating His birth, His coming in the past and anticipating His coming once again.
Every year it is a struggle to keep focused on the reason we celebrate Christmas. The decorating, gift shopping and gift-giving, Christmas programs, Christmas parades and activities, Church Christmas get-togethers, family visits, eating and eating some more, just to name a few things. Taking time to prepare our hearts sometimes ends up at the bottom of the pile.
Yet this is where our Hope is: in Jesus, His coming to Earth, becoming like us, and making a way for us to be with Him eternally. He came, He is with us now in Spirit every moment of everyday and He is coming again. I believe that. I hold on to His promises – even more so during this season – not just for myself but for those I know, and don’t know, who are deeply hurting. In our small group of friends and fellow believers it has been a season of shocking diagnoses, loss of loved ones, struggling family, friends and loved ones. That’s not something anyone is going to get over in ‘sitcom’ time.
Grieving is a process that we all handle differently and it takes time and we will never know all the whys until we get to the other side. But I believe that my Redeemer is Faithful and True, that He is with us every step of the way, whether I ‘feel’ it or not, and I am thankful that He came, that He walks with us through the valley, and that He is coming again.
Let’s take time to focus on that this Christmas season. Spend some time in the presence of the One who walks beside us through the good and the bad.
There are many scriptures in the Bible that remind us that the Lord is faithful and true (Rev. 22), and the His word is Faithful and true (Rev. 21). And here is a good song, from someone who has had to walk through some very dark times after the death of his young daughter, Steven C. Chapman. My Redeemer is Faithful and True.
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