Christmas is so nice. We put shiny, colorful decorations everywhere. We fill the air with special music. We spend lots of money to buy special gifts. We put on our smart new suits and our beautiful new dresses and we all enjoy a big celebration. And it is wonderful.
But we don’t live in a world of parties and holiday cheer. We live in the real world. And in the real world, life is tough. This world is filled with disappointment and frustration. It is filled with anger and hurt. It is filled with loneliness and betrayal. Failure and shame.
That is the world we live in, a beautiful world, but a world that is scarred by sin. And Christians are not vaccinated against the pain of this world. We live right in the midst of it, and we experience the effects of it.
But as we walk through life in this very difficult world, we can do so with the confidence that God Himself is walking through it with us, every step of the way.
“The word became flesh and dwelt among us.” It was the goal of creation. It was the promise of Christmas. It is the hope of today. And it is the hope of every tomorrow - the simple but beautiful reality that He is Immanuel, “God WITH us.”