When Christmas Isn’t Merry

I’ve seen a lot of people dealing with loss this Christmas season. We tend to want to shy away from or dread Christmas season when dealing with loss. (I know I do). We have an image in our minds of Christmas being lights, laughter, food, and fun. If we have years, and let’s face it, we probably all will at some point in life…our Christmas experience is lacking.

I think when we are faced with these feelings, we would do well to remember the real Christmas story. Several homes are adorned with little nativity sets. They look at baby Jesus and ponder His miraculous birth. We should feel joy when we are thinking of the birth of baby Jesus.

But His welcome into the world wasn’t what we would consider comfortable, much less beautiful. He was born in a stable, welcomed by animals. Can you imagine the smell? It’s a far cry from the sanitized hospital rooms we’re used to, but it wasn’t just his birth that was less than ideal.

Philippians 2:6-8 “who, though he was in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

While Jesus was here on this earth; He was ridiculed, beaten, mocked, rejected, and crucified. He was acquainted with sadness and loss while here in the form of a human. Here in this juxtaposition do we see a bigger picture of Christmas.

So what do we do with this? We remember the Christmas story. We don’t stop there. Jesus wasn’t just a baby who was born. He wasn’t just a man who was beaten and crucified. He also rose again on the 3rd day and is now seated by God in eternity.

Jesus was a baby born in a manger, but He will come back as a ruler. He will put an end to all death and sadness. If your joy and hope is found in Jesus, you can truly have joy even during the times of loss. In the midst of deep heartache and loss, we can echo what Paul says in Philippians knowing in Christ we have all we need.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, but more so I hope you have the joy of knowing Christ in the midst of where ever life may find you this year.

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