Oh oh. It’s the week before Christmas and I still haven’t listened to one Christmas song in its entirety. Another tradition that has gone by the wayside in 2020. 

During 40 years in what my nieces used to call The Christmas House, the season’s music would begin the day after Thanksgiving as the tree and lights and angels turned our home into something magical. This year, although the house looks beautiful, the music is turned off.

That’s a hint that just maybe I’m not as OK as I think I am this holiday season. I don’t feel depressed; in fact, just the opposite: I’m the eternal cheerer-upper of those who are struggling through these hard days. 

Counselor: Your wife says you never buy her flowers. Is this true?

Guy: To be honest, I never even knew she sold flowers.

See?

Though my family is spread across five states and will be staying put for Christmas, we remain connected. We’ll be Zooming our Christmas get-together, and I’m happy to have my ham and sweet potatoes all to myself. I’ve got good friends and neighbors, and plenty of interesting projects to occupy my time. I’m neither bored nor lonely.

But the other night on Zoom, a small group of friends talked through our sources of anxiety. It struck me that, despite all of my bravado, 2020 has taken its toll.

If peace has gone missing in your life recently, you’re not alone. 

This week’s message from EBC may help:

So will this:

Scripture

Luke 1:78-79: “Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.”

Application

Yes, a new year is right around the corner. We’ve got a vaccine on the way and a change in leadership coming. There’s hope of financial relief for individuals and businesses struggling as a result of the pandemic.

But that pandemic is still surging. I just heard this morning that more Americans have died from COVID than died in the Vietnam War. Our country is more divided than ever, with people polarized on so many important issues. And money comes and goes.

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that circumstances change in an instant–that nothing in this life is permanent, that peace is elusive, and that no one is exempt from suffering.

So best of all, thanks to God’s tender mercy, we’ve got a Savior—that “morning light from heaven” who guides us to the path of peace regardless of our circumstances, regardless of the state of our world.

Prayer

Father, we thank You for the gift of Your Son. If ever we needed a Savior, it’s now. Thank You for giving light to all of us who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. Guide us to Your path of peace. Amen.

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