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The Gift of Christmas: The Journey
by Phil Ware
Okay, I know its time to quit talking about Christmas. Youre absolutely right. Youre probably even taking down your decorations and storing them away if you havent done so already. But there is one perspective on Christmas that I dont want us to lose as we start the New Year. Its one that so many people have problems accepting.
When the cold doubts of spiritual winter come howling at our door, so many Christians struggle with how God could love them in spite of their flaws and failures. When the hard assault of Satans horde brings disaster and trouble into our lives, many of us wonder if God has abandoned us. In those moments of hard and bitter doubt, we need to remember the story thats told around Christmas that God loved us so much he sent his Son as a vulnerable baby to begin a life that would end at the Cross.
In the middle of post-Christmas depression, of bills coming in from our gift buying frenzy, and of the sniffles we picked up from time with our coughing and sneezing family, we need to remember the greatest truth that almost always gets buried at Christmas. Its the simple message from God that we hear if we listen carefully: If Ive come this far to love and redeem you, why do you ever think I would ever let you go?
The feelings and fun of Christmas pass in a hurry and are gone. Before long, all thats left are the bills, the pictures, and the memories. But if we will nurture this crucial thought in our heart, we will find this is the one Christmas gift is here to stay and its a powerful promise on which to begin the New Year:
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death cant, and life cant. The angels cant, and the demons cant. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell cant keep Gods love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 NLT)
Author: Phil Ware
Publication Date: December 31, 2001