Life Changes…God Does Not

by Laura



                               

Life changes…God does not.

Christmas family traditions bring smiles and warm memories of time spent together. For some, it’s hot chocolate by the fireplace and smiles as their children open gifts. For others, it’s the singing of familiar Christmas carols.

But for some, the Christmas season not only brings sadness, but also images of the joy and happiness everyone else is experiencing. Behind warm smiles are empty hearts and aching souls. Maybe that someone is you.

Life changes.

Children grow older. They lose interest in family traditions or move away.

Hardships come and take over all we wish we could do.

Loved ones are gone.

Many times, traditions evolve over the years, adapting to family changes.

But for many, the traditions are no more. Instead of warm memories, there are “remember whens” and “if onlys.”

Life changes whether we want it to or not. I don’t want to be depressing, but instead would like to go beyond the facade to tell you this…

Life changes, but God does not.

Our God of yesterday, is our God today, and will be our God of tomorrow.

The Christmas season brings heartache for so many. I don’t know what you may be going through, but if you are one who is struggling this year, may I share this with you?

You are not alone.

You are not alone because others are hurting too. Although they may not show it, they are struggling like you.

More importantly, you are not alone because there is One who loves you more than you know.

Jesus.

Life changes, but God does not.

Life brings hurt, but Jesus brings hope.

We feel alone, but God says, “You are not alone. I am with you.”

Jesus knows. He knows the pain, the emptiness, and the loneliness. And because He walked this earth and knows our pain, we always have One who understands.

Jesus brings hope.

He is what we need. We only need to turn to Him and accept what He offers…what He wants to give us—Himself. Isn’t that the message of Christmas, God giving himself to us?

Jesus brings hope through His ultimate love, endless forgiveness, unbelievable comfort in our times of need, and eternal salvation.

If you are feeling lost in the stories of family traditions and happiness this Christmas, will you call on Him and let Him comfort you?

Jesus is our hope.

This fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah concerning him:

 “Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen.
He is my Beloved, who pleases me.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
He will not fight or shout
or raise his voice in public.
He will not crush the weakest reed
or put out a flickering candle.
Finally he will cause justice to be victorious.

And his name will be the hope
of all the world.”
 -Matthew 12:17-21 NLT

Life changes…but God does not.

I pray this Christmas that you feel God’s love surround you and know that you are not alone.

~In Christ, Laura

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A daughter of the King, saved by His grace, Laura writes to encourage women in their walk with Christ. She is a wife and mother, and shares her heart as a regular contributor here, as well as Next Level Mama and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. You can find Laura at Laura Rath - Journey in Faith, as well as on Twitter @LauraJRath and Facebook.

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