“He will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6b, NIV).
Christmas can be a painful time for those who grieve a loss. It can be a sad time for those who are without a loving family. It can be a solitary time for those who have no one to encourage and offer them hope. Even if you are in a friendly church that brings joy to your life, Christmas can still be a sad time when those church friends gather with their own families. The season brings joy to so many, but it is also the time of year when so many feel deserted and alone.
If you are someone who feels alone, you can experience acceptance and love that brings joy to your life. You have the promise of the very best family. You can have one who is closer than a brother or a sister. He is Jesus, your Savior. If you have asked Him into your heart, He is your family. The Lord will never leave you. He will never forsake you or abandon you. When it seems the rest of the world is too busy for you, God isn't. When your own family doesn't love or accept you, He does. Your own father might have abandoned you, but Jesus never does. Your own father didn't choose you. You were born to be his child. God .chooses you to be His child. He wants to adopt you into His family, and give you all the benefits of His love. You are worthy of His love that died just for you.
Perhaps you haven't really experienced this kind of love that loves you unconditionally―that looks beyond your hurt and pain and sees forgiveness changing your heart. The promise of this love is real and for the asking. Ask and reach out to Him. When you feel abandoned and rejected, you aren't. He accepts you. When you feel accused, you aren't. He declares you free of all charges. When you are depressed, He brings hope to your troubled mind. When you feel forsaken, He is your constant and abiding Savior. Give Him your broken heart, your troubled mind, and your lost life. When you cry out “heal me, Lord, and I will be healed—save me, and I will be saved," (Jeremiah 17:14, NIV), He pours healing of your soul and peace of spirit into your life. You will know you are not alone.
If you are someone who has a loving family and friends, then share your Christmas with others who don't. Open your heart and share the love of Christ with others who have no one this season. Love with the love He has given you. There is someone in your life that feels alone. There is someone who needs a touch from a loving hand. There is someone who needs to experience the words “He will never leave you or forsake you.” Jesus extended mercy and grace to you. Extend His mercy and grace to those He brings into your life. Experience the joy of giving your life away for someone else―so that they might experience His love that sets them free.
© 2018 Lynn Lacher