“Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.” Do any of us remember making lists of things we were hoping to see under the tree on Christmas morning? I know it sounds a little selfish but perhaps it was just a way of raising the expectations and joys of the season with the product of wanting to give as much as we receive. Maybe not. More than a few of us will no doubt also remember the post-holiday discussions at school where everyone compared notes about which presents they got and what they didn’t. Perhaps if we had been given a different criteria at a younger age we would all better understand the true meaning of Christmas as the birth of Jesus. How about we look for ways to bring comfort to those around us?
“In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.” Here is another analogy: what if we were told that we are all “Christmas Ambassadors” this year? What would that entail? It would certainly mean that you and I would be all about bringing comfort and joy to those around even if means just listening and helping another carry the load a little easier. It would mean a little less concern about what we receive and more on what we give. And here is a very important idea: do you know anyone who will be alone at Christmas? Then what are you waiting for?
I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses. Taylor Caldwell