For many, Christmas will be a sweet and blessed time of gathering with family and friends. For others of us it means facing the realities of broken families, apostate children or parents, and the hard effects of sin and misery. For others it is a season of the poignancy of grief or loneliness. Likely for most of us it is a mingling of all of these. And then there is the shopping rush, church programs, traveling time in cars or planes, sleeping in hotels or relatives’ homes, worship in other churches, and homes bustling with the noise of children and grandchildren.
Some of the most important things of life slide to a very low ebb at Christmas. Devotional life fades. Personal communion with God is squeezed out. The heartbeat of our life in Christ is often the first to suffer as we are dislocated from our ordinary routines and surroundings. Continue reading