an excellent day to avoid the crush.
“Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, You forgive them all.” Psalm 65:3 NLT
This time of year is a difficult one for millions of people.
Many people simply feel the crush of the season as “the day” approaches. Shopping, parties, family, friends – all good things, certainly, but each one adds to the burden that we carry. The good news for all of these people is that Christmas Day acts as a safety valve, and once it arrives, the pressure is off and many people relax and enjoy the peace and goodwill that seems to settle over the world, if only briefly.
Millions of others feel the weight of the season in an entirely different way.
Millions dread the arrival of this time of year and many face severe bouts of depression and loneliness. Many of us are overcome with negativity and bring their self-worth into question. Many of us feel the weight of our sins and do not know how to keep from being crushed under that weight. There is no time that is a good time to feel the burden we feel when we are overwhelmed by our sins, but this time of year seems to make us more aware of the oppressive weight on our souls that comes as a result.
If we fall into the first group, there is not much that can help beyond patience – it will all be over soon.
If we fall into the second group we need to turn to God and ask for His help. We also need the prayers of those in the first group.
Sometimes we feel that we have nowhere to turn. Our actions have caused us to dig ourselves deeper and deeper into darkness. We see no way out, other than to fill the hole in on top of ourselves, and the ability to see any light at the end of our personal tunnel has long since left us. We have forgotten that this season of joy, which we have allowed to become an additional weight on us, signifies the birth of the very One who can remove that weight from our shoulders and lift us up out of the hole that we have dug.
There is no problem that we have that is too big for our Lord. There is no sin too great that cannot be forgiven if we accept Christ into our life, repent of our sins, and ask forgiveness. There is no darkness that cannot be thrown into comforting light by the grace and glory of God if we will only reach out and ask God to take our hand.
Far too many people choose this time of year to pronounce a death sentence upon themselves. Pray for those who would take their life with their own hand and ask God to help them reach out for His hand instead so He may lift them up from under their burden.
And no matter what form, or how severe, any crushing burden we may be experiencing, there is help in the form of the Hope that was given to us all so long ago if we can only have the faith to accept it.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson