[ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Colleen Arisnabarretta is a 28-year-old wife and mother. She is learning more every day. And the more she learns, the more thankful she is for grace :)]
It is the time of year when we are, perhaps, more reflective than usual. We are expected to be festive and happy through the holiday season, but sometimes our expectations can weigh on us, intensifying emotions of sadness and reminding us of the things we may not have. If things are difficult financially, Christmas is a reminder of how little money we have. If there are family stresses, Christmas can be a reminder of the divide and friction on the home front.
Although we feel these added pressures, it is most important to focus and remember the hope that this season brings to us — the hope of new life. Our Lord, who is the Creator of the universe, came to us as every other being does, to be a part of this world, so that we may be a part of His kingdom.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—therefore, God gives us hope as he came to earth so we may receive him but also gives us grace in that we are never unworthy to seek him. It is an unfathomable idea to us that we have free grace and yet knowing God and receiving him will give us more grace. Therefore, knowing god is the result of grace and the cause of grace. (John 1:9-12)
This season, let us celebrate that we have hope in Jesus. We are nearing the celebration of the birth of the Son of God, who is hope to the nations and who saves us by grace. We need not worry about pressures of today or tomorrow because the One who created the universe is here among us and forever will be. He has given us the gift of His life so that we can cast all of our worries onto Him and live freely in His grace, and by living freely in His grace, we can feel true peace. Let us celebrate this and feel the true joy and festivity of this holiday season. We are free in his name.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in him, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15: 13)