Alright, it’s here. In three days we will be celebrate Christmas. The holiday synonymous with family gatherings, singing carols, going to church together and being a family. So, how do you handle the holidays when you are at war? Here are some tips…
1. Celebrate the fact you are not alone. As alone as we may feel from time to time we are not. We are here with a team. We have battle buddies, friends, and a host of people here that are a “family away from family.” Not only do we have the presence of some very great people, we also have the promise of God. In the worlds of Jesus, “I will be with you always…”
2. Celebrate the deferred Christmas gift you are about to receive. I believe I am about to get the best Christmas present of my whole life. Here it is! I will never again be able to take Christmas for granted. I will never again be able to have even a small bit of “bah humbug.” I will never again be able to ignore the greatness of this event. After this Christmas every Christmas that is to follow will be a treasure.
3. Remember that the truth about Christ’s birth can not be diminished by time or circumstances. Jesus is still sending his spirit, his angels and coming personally to say, “I bring you glad tidings of great joy…” Christ came two thousand years ago and he has never stopped entering the world, and hearts, even yours.
The character of a person can be measured by how they handle trials. You can measure them by the sacrifices you are called to make, or by the blessings you are going to receive. The latter is the better path. We can do this. "I bring you good news of great joy, for unto you this day in the city of David is born the Messiah."
Merry Christmas. Christ is born. Alleluia