I am so thankful for the birth of a tiny baby 2000 years ago. I met him as a child and forged a stronger relationship with him during my college years. They were stressful years for me; my parents were going through a particularly acrimonious divorce and were pretty much unavailable. I was the oldest, and therefore the first, to embark upon the college adventure. As I studied hard, endured roommates both thiefing and promiscuous, and came up with ways to pay my bills, it became abundantly clear that I was on my own.
Or maybe not. Because it was also during these years that many of the verses I had memorized during my childhood came back to me, at the most opportune times.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Lo, I am with you always – even unto the end of the age.
No, I wasn’t alone. Jesus has always been there for me, as friend, counselor, comforter, and – lest we forget – Savior.
He is there for you, too. It’s my Christmas wish for all of you that you would know His peace and love this Christmas season.