Can you feel the Christmas spirit? It’s the most wonderful time of the year. There will be parties for hosting and marshmallows for toasting, but do you feel it? Then why is COVID still here? The economy struggling? Families ripping apart? Learn to choose JOY even during dark times.
Where are you finding hope this Christmas? Lower COVID numbers? The economy? Some Christmas special? Real hope is found only in Jesus.
“Take a load off,” is what I just told you. What does that phrase mean to you? Maybe, at least, sit down or take off your shoes. There is a load that so many people carry around all the time. It’s not a backpack full of books. The heavy load is anxiety or depression. Another heavy load can be a guilty conscience. It’s important to not confuse or associate those two things. People who struggle with anxiety and depression aren’t sinning. The comfort that our God offers in the first few verses of Isaiah 40 are powerful medicine.
A common misconception is that Christians don’t get depressed … or at least they shouldn’t get depressed. Saying depressions shouldn’t happen only serves to make God’s people – who already feel guilty and weak – even more guilty and weak. Christians do suffer from depression. The Lord has a message for you in your depression. The Lord removes your guilt. This Sunday marks the start of the Advent season, a time of preparation before our Christmas celebration.