So this past month has been full of ups and downs for me and some of my peers and it comes with the knowledge that when you are striving in Christ, you find strength in believing that whatever is thrown your way, you can still overcome. Yesterday, I found out a mother of a work-colleague friend of mine passed away on Wednesday. She had lived a full life and my heart goes out to her and her family that are experiencing a loss during this season. I also heard from a friend of mine that many people choose to commit suicide during this season and the rate seems to increase each year which is sad because they remember many painful things that have happened to them during this time of the year. My hope is that no matter what anyone is going through, you stay steadfast and encouraged that God loves you so much that He is with you when you are going through a storm. Like Moses, if God can take you to it, He can walk and take you through it.
Just this past couple of weeks ago, I was robbed not once but twice! The first instance was that my money was stolen from my wallet and the second instance was that someone stole a hubcap from my car. I thought to myself, “Why are these things happening to me!” but when I heard the news of what happened to my friend’s mother passing away, it seemed to minimize my problems by a grand scale. Although I was hurt that someone would steal from me, my loss could not compare to that of a loved one. So in this season, I ask that you embrace all your loved ones and friends, cherish each moment you have with them. Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time of year but we must not forget those that are suffering during this season. We should extend our hearts outside just our families and adorn others with Christ’s love this season. You can do this by lending a hand, or offering up your time, or words of encouragement. You will be surprised how such sentiments are the very things people need to see this season through. Jesus is our gift to us so that we can be a gift to others. We were all born to be BLESSED to be a BLESSING. Let’s remember the purpose and be the gift that this world needs to see during this precious time that we celebrate the Most AMAZING GIFT OF ALL, Christ Our Saviour, Our Lord, Our King of Kings, Adonai, Prince of Peace!
Scriptures to Meditate:
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
I chose the way for them, and sat as chief; So I dwelt as a king in the army, As one who comforts mourners.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. 5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Comfort in Suffering
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
1 Thessalonians 5:14
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
I have a song for encouragement that I’d like to put here to remind us that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us and we can Conquer any storm that hits us in our lives as we remain anchored in Christ Jesus. God is with you during the Storms in your life and He uses his people who are called by His name to help you during your time of need. That is our purpose in this life if you believe in HIM.
Be blessed and encouraged for YOU ARE NOT ALONE. You are indeed LOVED.
The Song is called “Conqueror” by Vashawn Mitchell