One of the greatest gifts of the Christmas season is realizing that love is what motivated God to act on our behalf. His love for all of us made a difference. He knew we could not exist under the law and find our way back to Him, so He came up with a new plan. His plan was love, and love’s name was Jesus.
I know you’ve been struggling to recover from a stroke or some other health crisis, and you might be thinking that love is not going to heal you or help you get better now. Personally, I think love always makes a difference. In my own situation, I knew that the love of my family and friends had a lot to do with my recovery. Surrounded by people who would not let me quit, who listened to me complain and lovingly encouraged me, helped me do better. I realized that no matter what else was going on with me, I was grateful for the people who loved me regardless of whether I fully recovered or not. They were never going to leave me without hope or give me the feeling that I was on my own. They stuck by me and loved me through the process.
In whatever way, you celebrate this holiday season, I pray that you will be embraced by people who matter to you, people who love you and help you as you recover, one day, one hour at a time. The love that we share with each other is the very love that God Himself shares. Everything about Christmas is about love. God knew we needed Him and so Jesus is what He did for love!
May you be blessed all through the holiday season surrounded by those you love.
May the Lord lead your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s patience.
2 Thessalonians 3:5, NCV