As a child there was no morning like Christmas….it was always pure magic. And in my very narrow thinking of a child, as far as I knew everyone all over the world was having a wonderful Christmas as well. But after 31 years of life, you are exposed to the brokenness all around you, and the reality of magic in everyones homes Christmas morning is not always the case.
As an artist, there are times I do shoots just for me, but this shoot is for YOU…you know who you are, the one who will be spending Christmas all alone, the one who is separated from a loved one off serving our country, the one that keeps waiting for their daddy to come home, the one that does not have any parents, the one that lost a loved one around this time of year, and the one that has walked away from the faith and feels so alone.
As all of those absences would feel so satisfying if they were mended, the unending cycle of pain and brokenness comes around in a different form; some less subtle than others. And as Matt Chandler reminds us, ….”in the same sense that death, pain, and suffering tell us that something in the world is broken, our insatiable searching tells us that something bigger than the earth itself is missing from our soul.” And if you are searching for things of this world to satisfy; we only are left disappointed time and time again…
A baby was born 2000 years ago as to be the beginning of the end of pain and suffering. And that baby was Jesus, The King of Kings…And Jesus promised,…“I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.” John 14:18. He came to gives us peace during trials. He is the calm during a storm. The doorway to HOPE is hopelessness. Searching for hope in anything BUT Christ we will only keep circling and ending up right back where we began… I pray that YOU feel the loving arms of our Creator this Christmas season. Maybe you are afraid to let go and really cry out to God. I assure you He is waiting for you to let Him comfort you, fight for you, guide you, and love you.
“For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.” Psalm 27:5
“May this season we remember that the birth of Christ frees us from living for little glories and invites us into a much more glorious kingdom. Christ gives us eternal peace with God, and enables us to live at peace within and at peace with others”. Paul David Tripp