Things are different this Christmas season. The world is not the same.
While our society’s moral compass has been spinning out of control for quite some time, recent events in San Bernardino brushed a little too close for comfort with me and my husband. Up until only a couple of months ago, our granddaughter had weekly appointments at the center that was attacked. Our daughter works at the medical center that received victims – and a bomb threat. The assailants’ munitions-filled residence was less than a mile away from my mom’s home.
September 11th was beyond horrendous. Paris was devastating. But this was a terrorist act carried out by a native-born citizen on U.S. soil.
And this was our home town.
Despite what some may claim, God can help and prayer does work. Cling to both.
Because in the days to come we are all going to need the Lord like we never have before. Being American will not save you. Neither will charitable acts or being morally or politically conservative. Even filling a pew every weekend doesn’t guarantee your salvation.
The One whose birth we celebrate this time of year is the only One who can give you eternal life and true peace. Live for Jesus. Hold fast to Him. Talk to Him. Spend time each day in His Word, seeking His direction and guidance.
The sad news is it’s not going to get better. But the good news is: God is in control!
And so, just as we eagerly anticipated Santa’s visit when we were children, thinking he would never come, we can look forward to a day when our Lord will call us up to live in eternity with Him. A place that’s exciting, not boring. A place that’s filled with joy, not sadness and pain. A place that’s like our favorite Christmas memory – multiplied a million times over!
I pray I can enjoy that celebration with all of you someday.
“Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'” Luke 2:10-11