Do you get stressed at Christmas time? What is the cause of this stress? Is it the expectation of finding that perfect gift for a friend or loved one? Is it the number of people that will descend on our communities during the season? Is it loneliness, depression, or a sense of loss that you may have experienced in your life? Some of us love the advent season, yet for others it can be a very challenging time.
One thing that can help you, regardless of the source of your stress is to worship and praise God for the precious gift of Jesus. Just as the angels praised God at Jesus’ birth in the lowly manger. Luke 2: 13-14 says: Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.”
Remember during this season that you are one of those on whom his favor rests. Take comfort in knowing that God loves you and you are one of his creations. Praise him for the gift of salvation that comes through Jesus Christ.
All praise is given to you! Please help us remember that your favor rests on us just as it did on Jesus on the night he was born in that manger in Bethlehem. We are grateful that you created us and praise you for your plan for our eternal life.
In Jesus name,
Rich Ferris, elder secretary