Christ Lutheran Church - Marshfield, WI

It\'s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?
Yes - It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

I hear all of the happy, bouncy Christmas songs. I love the lights and decorations. I enjoy the “happily ever after” Hallmark Christmas movies. But I still find myself asking, “Is this really the most wonderful time of the year?” When I watch the first ten minutes of World News Tonight (because that’s all I can handle), things sure don’t seem to be merry and bright. When I think about my friends and their suffering this Christmas, it is difficult to think of this as a good, much less “most wonderful” time of the year.

But then, in the midst of the darkness of this world – beyond the hurt and pain, we stop to remember that a baby was born. This Baby is unlike any other. He is the Light of the world. He brings hope for our suffering. He was laid in a lowly manger and yet He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. This Baby, Jesus, is THE Savior – yours and mine.

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” - Matthew 1:21

This baby Jesus not only saved you from your sins, but still today offers…
…His Loving Presence to those who feel alone,
…Strength to those caring for sick or elderly family members,
…Comfort for those who are missing loved ones this Christmas,
…Forgiveness to those who have gone astray or have made mistakes,
…and Hope to those who worry about what the next year will bring.

It really is the most wonderful time of the year not because everything in the world is peaceful and right, but because it is the time when we remember that Jesus came into the darkness to save us. He made everything right when He died on the cross and rose victoriously from the dead. He made the way for you to join Him in Heaven one day. He loves you and will walk with you no matter how difficult the journey. If you need help taking the next step, lean on Him for strength. He is here.

May God grant you joy and peace this Christmas and into the New Year.
God’s Blessings,
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