I love the month of December. I love snow falling and blanketing. I love slurping hot chocolate brimming with marshmallows to warm up after playing in the snow. I love twinkling lights and the electric joy and anticipation in the air. I love Christmas music and the wonderful ways in which it gets reinvented with each new voice that brings it to life. I love the giving and receiving of gifts, so reflective of the way God lavishly gives to us. I love the way that this season seems to bring out the best in most of us.
But I’m also intimately aware that this season of adoration and hope isn’t always jingle bells and red bows. There are many who simply duck and cover and wish away the days until the new year dawns and another holiday season can be put behind them. That temptation is a real one for me: Theodore was due to come on December 12th. He would’ve been our Christmas baby, and we were joyfully anticipating celebrating his arrival and the arrival of our King all at once. What an incredible experience that would’ve been! Instead, my heart is drawn toward despair as I consider facing this season without him. Each December day is another concentrated effort to trust, to be still and know that God is still on His throne, and to invest my heart in celebrating the arrival of a different child. One that allows me to see through my despair and cling to the glorious hope that Christmas encompasses.
We will meet again! This isn’t the end! Hallelujah, Christ is coming!
You see, even when you can’t hear the bells jingle and the red bows droop and lose their vibrancy, the steady glow of the coming King is always there. He will never leave you and never forsake you, just as He hasn’t left me. He upholds us together and has plans for us to have a hope and a future – ultimately, a future in eternity with Him. Come out of your August of pain and disappointment and into His December of promise. Press on, dear saint, for there is truly no greater joy than being in His presence. May that hope ignite your soul this season.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” ~Romans 15:13