Each year at Christmastime life events change in my personal life. I find myself in a different place emotionally seeing the changes. Â Some change appears to be bad because of the decisions made by those dear to my heart.Â Some changes are good because of the happiness I see in the lives of others who are experiencing the joyfulness of major life occurrences.Â And then, some changes are more emotionally challenging when those dear to my heart have transitioned from this earthly life. Â Thankfully,Â I am learning how to respond to the changes in order for constancy to be the norm in holiday season.
I know change is a part of life. Â In spite of what I see and feel, I am not without expectation even in the midst of the bad and sad. Â I can still be glad when I focus on the reason for this season.Â As I grow in grace, I am so thankful that my emotions do not control the level of my expectation. I can say as Apostle Paul: I am persuaded (I am certain. I am convinced) nothing can separate me from Godâ€™s love (Romans 8:38).Â Therefore, regardless of how things change or situations cause separation from year to year, one thing remains constant.Â Godâ€™s love never changes! Nothing in all creation can separate us from Godâ€™s love for us in Christ Jesus.
This assurance keeps me steadfast and grounded in love. Â My heart remains hope-filled and I believe I will see the goodness of the Lord. Â
In the words of the psalmist: â€œI would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13).
Yes! Each year at Christmastime life events and circumstances will change; situations will be different. Nevertheless, the constancy of Christmas is embracing the constant and unconditional love of God. Â The more I focus on Godâ€™s inseparable love the more I desire to reciprocate His love so that others are hopeful at Christmastime whatever life events are occurring in their lives.