Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. - Matthew 5:4
God is not intent on us suffering, he came to liberate us from suffering and death. But we are in a world which is subject to the results of sin: death and suffering. Christians and non-Christians alike both experience the love of God, and the results of sin in our world (Matthew 5:45).
God understands the turmoil and pain of our sinful world, and has experienced it personally (Hebrews 4:15). His understanding of sin, its consequences, and his love for us is the impetus for him humbling himself, and being born as one of us. Christmas is so much richer a season if you can grasp the sacrifice and scope of Jesus humbling himself to be human.
God is a uplifter. He lowers himself so we can be lifted up (1 Peter 5:6-7). Jesus humbled himself to become man so we might be liberated from the burden of sin.
If you are low (depressed, lonely, anxious, mourning) God promises he will lift you up (James 4:10). Scripture shows us again and again that God cares for the poor, disenfranchised, and oppressed (Proverbs 3:34).
Confession: sometimes I’ll watch a sad movie, or song with the specific intent of making myself cry. Not because I’m sad necessarily, but because the act of crying can be cathartic. Sometimes you just need a good cry.
So if you are sad, lonely, depressed, stressed, or oppressed today: be just that. Thank God for his promise that he is for you, and will lift you up. Know that this season is not permanent, and trust in the joy that is coming (Psalm 30).
If you’re not in a mourning season: remember that the Christmas season is a tough one for many of your friends and neighbors. Pray about how you can love your friends, neighbors, or a stranger this Christmas who may be suffering.
Gift your friends and neighbors Snack Mix ornaments this Christmas.
Written by: Mary Weinstein
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