As we are now fully in the holiday season, we may find it challenging this year to see things as “Merry & Bright.” No one could have predicted how this year. Given the many challenges and trials we have faced this year, I'm encouraged by the fact that God’s sovereignty has not changed and will not change.
Another thing that doesn’t change is celebrating our cherished Holiday traditions however we can and making memories with those we care about most. There’s comfort in both of these thoughts, but ultimately when we place our faith in the Lord we align our hearts and minds on His truth. I love how scripture says in Isaiah 9:6 "For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
I have been meditating on this scripture and seeing the vast realities of how this scripture is so applicable to the times we are living in today. This scripture tells us: the government is on His shoulders, he is sovereign over every happening within our country and world. He is a wonderful counselor - right now, we need to seek His daily counsel for our lives. He is a Mighty God - we can rest in knowing the things happening, in our country and the pandemic, he is not surprised.
He is an Everlasting Father to us and, in this season, we can know that he cares about our thoughts and feelings of perhaps loneliness and isolation and we can run to him for an embrace from our Father in Heaven. And lastly, our Prince of Peace - so much of what the world needs right now is the peace that passes all understanding. We are promised this in scripture. My prayer is that this holiday season we can align ourselves with these truths and confidently live our lives as an example to others through these promises from our Lord.
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas season,