Christmas Cheer

Anxiety grips the human heart and weighs it down, but an encouraging word cheers it up! Proverbs 12:25 adapted

As we look ahead to Christmas, there’s lots to be encouraged about. Jesus’ arrival filled our world with the love of God, and paved the way for us to receive the abundant and eternal life God intends for us!

The question is, are we so weighed down by worry that the idea of Christmas cheer seems like a distant dream? Pressing problems tend to obscure the Good News, and can make us indifferent to the message of hope born in Jesus Christ.

Wise people don’t ignore the challenges they face. But neither do let thoseMC910216397[1] challenges overwhelm them. They acknowledge the hurts they feel and the concerns they have. Then they turn to the truth and put things in proper perspective. They allow God’s word to encourage them and motivate them to action!

You and I can be  wise people too. We can be  bearers of the Good News. We can share the peace of God that passes all understanding. We can trust in God’s saving work and Christ’s ruling power. We can free ourselves from anxiety’s grip, and stand on the promises of God revealed by God’s own Son!

MP900409484[1] Let’s use the weeks ahead to turn ourselves from worry, and to spend time with the  One whose birth brings light and life! The more we do, the more Christmas cheer we will enjoy!

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