and all of these are just some of the funner ones!
But what about when you are surrounded by the constant reminder that Christmas is just another day. A day with a bitter reminder of the sinful world we live in, except today its just wrapped up in shiny paper and tinsel.
Nothing is really different during this time of year, unless we can stop and remember that God sent his one and only son.
for the hurting
for the couple whose marriage is crumbling
for the family who lost their sweet baby
for the woman struggling to find peace in the chaos of her world
for the diseased and the sick
for the financially unstable
for the family missing loved ones far away
for the one who just lost his job
for those battling depression and anxiety at a heightened rate
This season can be so much more than frenzied parties and activities.
It is a reminder that there is ONE who gives us a reason to stop, in the middle of the chaos called "life" and remember who He is.
The only ONE who brings peace and hope, and even JOY, in the midst of it all.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy
and peace in believing, so that by the power
of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."