“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” – Matthew 1:23 (KJV)

The holiday season is upon us. For some, this is a time of creating and keeping traditions with family and friends, spending time laughing and having fun together. Except for so many others, it is a reminder of what has been lost, of torn relationships and seemingly hopeless situations. Although this time of year is meant to remind us of the hope found in Christ, so many find themselves struggling with discouragement and despair.

Nevertheless let us consider for a moment the truths which Christmas is meant to remind us. The Almighty Word of God gave up His rights as King and came to earth to live among us. He came to bring hope. He came as the Prince of Peace. He came to bring joy. He came in humility to bring life to the dead and to reconcile man with God.

Remember that this same God is the One who is in control of every broken relationship. The God who healed the sick can bring healing to your wounded heart. The God who raised the dead can breathe life back into lifeless families and friendships. Even when reconciliation is not apparent, even when all others forsake us, He is the One who welcomes us in as His beloved child.

Let us unwrap comfort and joy this holiday season in that no matter what our family circumstances may look like, the God who called our dead, lifeless hearts to bring Him praise is the same God who is still sovereign. Let us learn from the examples of those like Joseph, David and Paul, that even if we are forsaken by every friend and family member on this earth, the Lord is ever at our side as our strength and support.

Do not give up hope. Do not allow joy to be buried beneath emotions. The Almighty Savior who came to bring us peace, comfort, and joy is near. Emmanuel – God is with us!

And it IS so!

Tanya D. Fitzgerald