And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Romans 5:2-4 NIV
Christmas is a time labeled most often as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but we must remember that much like finally making it to that long awaited day, getting to unwrap presents on Christmas morning, sharing in celebrations and deep, rich tradition, or the more literal idea of welcoming a newborn baby, we don’t reach these milestones or certain points in our lives without a season of anticipation; a season of expecting; a season of waiting. That is Advent.
Even amid such a joyous time, this season can also be accompanied by feelings of grief or pain. Many people across the globe will be faced with tough decisions as we continue to navigate a pandemic. Many are facing the news or the battle of a medical diagnosis. Many are grieving the first holiday season without their loved ones. Christmas, in many ways and for many people, is going to be different this year.
It is in that pain, however, that we are shaped and transformed. We are reminded and encouraged by the words of Paul and his epistle to the Romans – we have the thrill of hope. We can rejoice in our weariness.
We must bask in God‘s glory, accept and share His love, cling to His hope, and press on for the upward calling for His will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
The Lord is come. May our hearts prepare room and all Heaven and nature sing. The Kingdom is here, it is present, and it is real. In knowing this, we can welcome our pain and glory in our suffering. “For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn…”
So, amidst your sufferings and personal struggles, may you be filled with the hope, peace, joy, and love of Christ this Advent season.