Is this Christmas going to be difficult for you?

I’ve had some wonderful times at Christmas. Christmas is great when it is filled with love and joy. But sometimes Christmas can be painful. If a loved one is absent, or fear overwhelms you, or change turns your Christmas inside out, you may wish to bypass Christmas this year.

I want to encourage you to embrace the season. You may not be able to alter your situation, but you can focus on what is important. Don’t let something that is out of your control hinder what you can control. A relationship may be gone, but cherish the relationships you still have.

In “A Charlie Brown Christmas” we learn that Charlie Brown wanted to celebrate Christmas. But it seemed like everything was against him. Nothing and no one could make his Christmas better. Do you feel like him? But Charlie Brown soon found out that the true meaning of Christmas can make even the most dismal holiday a cause for celebration. In spite of circumstances, he had a “Merry Christmas.”

Christmas is special when it is filled with love. Without love Christmas is empty despite all that fills the stockings. Accomplishments and accumulations can never replace relationships.

The first Christmas was filled with love. It started with God’s love for mankind to send His Son. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son…” (John 3:16). It continued with a love affair between Joseph and Mary. But it all got messed up when Joseph found out Mary was pregnant and he was not the father. Yet, God assured Joseph that Mary’s condition was the result of a miracle and he should commit his life to her. Love overcame.

This Christmas, whether it is a good one or difficult one, can be your best Christmas if you allow love to enhance all your relationships. I pray the light and love of Jesus pierces your darkest Christmas

This Sunday, December 8, I will continue with my Christmas sermon series, The Gifts of Christmas, at Faith Baptist. This week I will talk about Christmas Love from Matthew 1:18-25. We will discover that the decision Joseph made to embrace his less-than-perfect relationship, was his best decision. My prayer for you is you will embrace this year’s less-than-perfect Christmas and watch love make it better than you imagined.

Join me this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Greg Burdine – Faith Baptist Church

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