Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Blessed Assurance—A Christmas Theme




Does it make sense to write about how you can’t write?


What I mean is, I can't seem to express my feelings in words right now. A dear friend has died. The world's news is full of heartache and angst and fear. Besides, I have never been the biggest fan of “the holidays,” when perfect seems possible but of course never is.


Yes, there is plenty of good in the world, plenty of love, plenty of sparkle, plenty of blessing. But experiences we in all our humanness would wish away mix right in, and our feelings can become a mixed-up mess as well.


Thank goodness—thank God!—faith is not all about feeling. Faith is about assurance. Hebrews 10:22 (NIV) says, “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings.”



So I won’t try to express what I feel. Not yet. But in this season, in times of trouble and sorrow, I can draw near to God, with a sincere heart, and with the full assurance that faith brings. I can let the perfect go. Embrace the memories, the hope, the love of family and friends. I can offer a kind word, a warm hug, whatever gifts I have.



And that seems like a Christmas theme God would have for us all, living as though that bright Star, that ultimate Love, that Gift of all gifts makes all the difference. As though we do indeed have blessed assurance.



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