This morning I turned to Matthew and read the story of the birth of Jesus. As always, it reminded me of the reason why we set aside this special time to celebrate with family and friends. However, with all of the pain and sorrow many people are facing this year, I longed for something a bit more specific to use as a holiday greeting. I finally decided that these words from the Old Testament are perfect for the coming weekend:
Nehemiah 8:10 (NKJV)
10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
I pray that you set aside your sorrows and experience peace and joy as you celebrate the birth of our Lord. And may He grant all of us strength to face the challenges of the coming year.