I hesitated to write this post. If any of you have read this blog or any of my other meanderings, you know I usually write a cheerful poetic piece for the Christmas season.
This year has been a little different, though. In our family we’ve experienced the loss of my dad, as well as other loved ones. It was necessary to sell the family home where we experienced so many wonderful Christmas memories. Then, just a few days ago, our nation was shaken by the shooting of twenty school children ages six through seven in a senseless act of violence.
So, I just don’t feel like writing the normal verse about tinsel, packages, shining stars and the like. Just like everyone else I’ve been asking why, why, why?
The truth of the matter is; there isn’t but one answer. God help me, I knew it. I’ve known it and taught it enough years. It is why Jesus sat down with his disciples the last time they were together before his death and he taught them where to look in times like these. Jesus said, “In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Now, this is advanced discipleship but learn it well. Jesus did not come primarily to give us some Christmas carols and a manger scene. He came to bring us salvation, to bring us life and, yes, to bring us peace in the midst of the storm. The vehicle to get us there was the cross. When you question God, go there first. He knows about sorrow, tears, pain, suffering and anguish. Every time I’ve ever questioned Him and there have been a lot of them, He has pointed me there.
I hope you find comfort that leads to joy in these verses. Jesus isn’t just the reason for the season; He is indeed love, life and peace.
Show Me The Cross
Although it’s Christmastime again,
Peace yields to death and loss.
Amidst the chaos, where were you Lord?
He simply shows me the cross.
I ask again and yet again,
Didn’t you see the pain, the cost?
The lives in shambles all around?
He calmly shows me the cross.
I need a word to lean on, Lord,
As the storm billows round me toss.
The sound I hear is “Peace be still”,
As He lovingly shows me the cross.