Here’s the thing. It’s all become so complicated lately and there are so many voices out there telling me how to feel and what to think. Some days I could easily descend into fear. Most days I struggle to not rant out loud about the burgeoning nonsense.
I’ve been having a very hard time maintaining a redeemed perspective of living in this world. It’s frustrating; constantly dealing with the newest round of imposed restrictions, seeing and hearing people willfully deceived to the point of pursuing oppression, watching modern society seemingly crumble into obsolescence. I’ve come to have an idea of what I deserve as a Canadian citizen and what has been promised by the government and celebrated on Remembrance Day. At the thought of that loss, and without very much effort, I can easily become overwhelmed by the voice in my head that is influenced by the plethora of voices in the ether — both passive and active.
But. It’s Christmas. My pastor reminded me recently of the most important thing we need to keep in mind here. SEEK JESUS! He said. What a reminder. What a powerful truth. A reminder I deeply need.
For the Christian, living in a world that seems to be in chaos. It’s Christmas. We celebrate Christ. Not simply as a quaint affectation of holiday cheer. We celebrate Christ as the central figure of our Faith. God Incarnate.
At Christmas we are reminded of where to fix our gaze. The author and finisher of our Faith. Our Hope. Our Affection. The Light. Truth and Peace.
This Christmas, we have an even greater reason to lean into God’s Word and His promises — as a reminder for us of real hope. He is still greater than the critical mass of sin in the world.
As loneliness seems overwhelming and oppression mounts; as corrupt leadership persists, and conspiracies grow, when things are bleak and life seems unjust. Remember Christ, preach the Gospel to yourself.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together. He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross — whether things on earth or things in heaven.”