Prepare (Repost)*

What are you preparing for this Christmas season
As others deck their halls
And light up their trees
As they shop for presents
And look forward to time with loved ones?

What are you preparing for this Christmas season
As the Salvation Army bell ringers say cheerful “Merry Christmas”
And offer opportunities to share, to give to the needy
As gifts are wrapped and cards are addressed and mailed?

What are you preparing for this Christmas season?
The familiar ache of loneliness?
The pain of the anniversary of the death of a loved one
A marriage
A dream?

Whatever hard thing you are preparing yourself for the best you know how
Know this
The God of all comfort has also made preparation for you
There is a Balm in Gilead
He is near to the broken hearted and heals those who are crushed in spirit
He keeps your tears
He has numbered the hairs on your head
He knows you are hurting more than you can describe or even believe you can bear
He is ever present and calls you to the shelter of His arms
The healing virtue of His presence
He is with you always and will walk you through this season as He has every other one

*This post was originally posted as part of Five Minute Friday, December 12, 2014.

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