Some years, Christmas isn’t the festive celebration everyone around you seems to be enjoying. In 2005 my sweet grandfather was in the hospital barely clinging to life at Christmas and my family and I were cloaked in grief.
That year we took great comfort in the name for Jesus found in Isaiah 7:14—Immanuel. Jesus truly is God with us. No matter what you are facing this Christmas, He is God with you in the midst of your circumstances.
A friend recently sent me this short video about praising God in seasons where He gives and seasons where He takes away. Grab a tissue. The people featured in this video aren’t actors. They’re real people facing Christmas with either incredible joy or heart wrenching sorrow this year.
I promise, at about 3 minutes long, it’s worth a watch. (If you subscribe to this blog via RSS feed you may need to click here to see the video.)