My granddaughter, Reagan, helped me decorate the Christmas tree this year. She had only put a couple of ornaments on the tree when I heard a crash, which happens every year. She even commented that there had been another casualty and that an ornament fell off the tree. No worries, we have lost more valuable decorations in the past when she and her sister were much smaller.
This particular bulb was one that the grandkids made, and I have since learned to purchase plastic bulbs and not glass ones for them to make ornaments. Decorating with small children can result in broken pieces, but the memories are far more precious than any broken decoration.
Today I wrapped a few Christmas presents, and when I put them under the tree I could still see remnants of the glitter which had been inside the broken ornament. The floor in that area had a slight copper-colored sparkle to it. Knowing where the glitter came from reminded me of our brokenness. Our lives are sometimes shattered just like the bulb had been. Our shattered lives give us hope though because “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” (Psalm 46:18).
I find that Bible verse so comforting. We all walk through difficult days when our spirits are crushed under a heavy load. The blessing comes when we remember that the Lord is near during those times, we simply need to call out His name.
The holidays can be difficult for many people. Missing loved ones who have passed away. Broken dreams. Family frustrations. Busy schedules. Loneliness. But take heart, because “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted!”
There is no need to suffer with a broken heart during the holidays or any other time in your life because we have a Savior that came to comfort us in a time of need.
Isaiah prophesied that a Savior was coming who would be called Immanuel, God is with us. (Isaiah 7:14). And that day came when Jesus was born in a stable on the first Christmas morning.
The angels, the shepherds, and the wise men all came to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Some traveled great distances, and perhaps some had suffered brokenness in their lives. Yet they celebrated Christ’s birth because the prophecy of a Savior had come true. We now have hope, by simply calling out to Jesus.
When you feel broken, and shattered and your glitter has been tossed about on the floor, remember you have hope in the name of the Lord…
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6).
May your days be filled with hope and blessings, as you celebrate the gift of a Savior this Christmas.