DayBreaks for 12/25/13: When Christmas and Disappointment Collide

_MG_8297John 1:4-5 (NLT)The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. 5  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

This afternoon we attended a Christmas Eve service at Perimeter Church in Johns Creek, GA.  It was the first of three services to be held today, and due to the size of the crowd, they had it live in the main auditorium and broadcast into two other venues on site.  We attended the 3:00 p.m. service…and were extremely fortunate to find a seat.  We figured that this would be the least crowded of the three services…I still think that is probably correct, but I don’t see how they could have seated more people.  As my son put it: “It’s great that the hottest ticket in town is going to church on Christmas Eve.”

Randy Pope, the senior minister at Perimeter, spoke on the subject of when Christmas and Disappointment Collide.  The premise was basically this: disappointment can destroy your Christmas, but a proper understanding of Christmas can destroy your disappointment. 

When we understand what Christmas really is, we understand that as Christians, there is always a bigger story going on than what we can see, that it is a better story than the story we are living….and it will ultimately become visible and that story will sway the entire future.  Why?  Because of Christmas – of the Incarnation, because of a God who chose not to remain aloof and untouched, un-phased by the pain and suffering in the creation, but Who chose to to get down and dirty with us, to bring us the Light.

As part of the service (even in a sanctuary that holds somewhere around 2300 people, we joined together in singing Silent Night while holding candles.  That is today’s picture.  I loved the imagery of the Light….and how, 2000 years after God awoke in a manger of straw, what John wrote long ago is true: “The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness can NEVER extinguish it.”

Understand this truth and your despair and disappointment about your work, your health, your finances, your relationships, whatever – are demolished by the Light that filled that manger and for whom the angels sang.

Merry CHRISTmas, my friends!

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord Jesus, for destroying despair, dispelling the darkness and for your eternal victory!!!!  We worship You!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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