During a December visit to one of the many malls in Winnipeg, I paused to admire a magnificent Christmas tree. It was covered with angels and surrounded at its base by an elaborate nativity scene. Nearly two hundred figures, including shepherds,and a crowd of townspeople looked in anticipation toward the manger or gazed up in awe at the angels.
But one figure appeared different from the rest – a barefoot man, who carried a heavy load on his back and looked at the ground. It struck me that this man , like so many people today, was so weighed down that he couldn’t see the MESSIAH.
Christmas can be a difficult time for those who carry the burden of hard work, stressful family situations, and personal loss. But we should remember that CHRIST came into our world to lift up all those who are bowed down. JESUS used the words of Isaiah to announce His God-given mission on earth: “To preach the gospel to the poor; to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18).
JESUS came to lift our burdens so we can raise our eyes to welcome HIM at CHRISTMAS.
Help us, LORD, to give our burdens, to YOUR tender, loving care;
Grant us FAITH to TRUST YOU fully, knowing that each one YOU hear.
TO FIND TRUE JOY AT CHRISTMAS, LOOK TO JESUS, OUR LORD AND OUR SAVIOR.
A MAN’S HEART PLAN HIS WAY, BUT THE LORD DIRECTS HIS STEPS. (Proverbs 16:9)
WISHING EVERYONE A VERY BLESSED CHRISTMAS!