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 is from the Archives of this blog. It was originally posted as part of Five Minute Friday in December 2014 and reposted in December 2015. Given the overwhelming grief, pain, loss, etc. of 2020, the truth of God’s abiding presence and comfort bears repeating, as does the truth that He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

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