Gratefulness is a daily choice. It cultivates a positive attitude. If we only focus on what is wrong in our lives, how will we ever see what is right? Gratitude does so much for us. It boosts our moods. It makes us kinder. And in turn, people are kind to us.
So on that note, this week, I am grateful for the promise Christmas brings in the form of Jesus Christ. He may not have been born on December 25th, but his birth and his promise are what we will celebrate on Sunday. Through Jesus, God experiences humanity, and he knows how hard it is sometimes. He knows we suffer. And he took that knowledge and made our pain, all of it, his own when he died upon the cross. Do you think he had to die? I don’t. I think all he had to do was nod a little or perhaps just tilt his head just the right way, and he would have stopped being persecuted. He could have made people leave him alone if he wanted. But he didn’t. Why is that? It is because he knew that what was being done to him was nothing if it meant it brought you and me to him for all of eternity. God knows what it is like to lose a child, because, for a little while, when Jesus was dead, he lost his own beloved son.
The reward of believing in the promise of Christmas is eternal life. We will bask in the glorious presence of the Father and the Son, and we will see our beloveds who have gone on before us again. I am grateful for the safety promise of Heaven, where nothing can ever hurt us again. The world may be cruel, and lots of times things that happen to us don’t make sense, but I promise you this: it’s not all for nothing. If you believe, if you are grateful, then you’re safe too. Christianity is based upon gratitude. We are thankful for Jesus. He came, he lived, he died, and he rose again. And he did all of it for us! Believe this with all your heart, all your mind, and all your soul – it is true.
His words are Life itself. Be still and listen to the still, small voice inside of you. It’s Him. He brings life, healing, and strength. Accept his good gifts. All that has been done to you has been done to you by the world, not Him. Trust Him in all things. Give him all your sorrow, all your burdens, and he will gladly carry you through. The battle’s already been won for each of us. All of us.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you everywhere you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9 NIV
Know you are not alone, despite what you believe or don’t believe. This is my prayer for you.