***I originally posted this on Facebook on the UCM page but I thought it would make a good blog post too***
Right now we are being bombarded by news of horrors across the globe in an overwhelming volume. Death, terrorism, dangerous weather, and sickness are filling up our news (and newsfeeds) at all hours and you might feel a sickening pit of despair as it feels like the world is crumbling around you, maybe even hate, sadness, loss, fear, etc. As I read status updates about the difficulties in sitting back and enjoying Christmas at this time, I had to take a serious moment to consider what kind of world we live in. My epiphany(ish) is that we are Christians and we don’t celebrate Christmas for the gifts or (home)work free days. We celebrate every year because Jesus Christ, our Lord and saviour, was born to save us from our sins! What we see in these terrible events is that in our world the need for a saviour is clear and massive. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t try to hold the world together—you’re in your small hands. Lift it all up to God in your prayers. Don’t be afraid to celebrate Christmas because having a saviour is worth celebrating!
Luke 2:8-14 (ESV)
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”[c]