Christmas is a season of great joy for some and great sorrow for others. We celebrate gifts that God has given us, the blessings we have received, and at least for some of us, we also remember the things God has taken from us.
Make a list of the ways you have felt blessed this year.
Make a list of the things that have felt the least like blessing this year.
Blessed. It means favored by God. It means happy in God. So what are the indicators that we are favored by God? What are the things that will make us blissfully happy in Him? While we think God is blessing us most when we see ourselves exalted and when the world applauds us, God’s worldview is different from the world’s.
This is the God who is with you, the One who also has faced pain and hardship. For the joy of blessing set before Him, He moved forward in faithful obedience and endured the cross.
Christmas is written into our calendars as an opportunity to remember that the world and God see things very differently. The greatest blessing ever given arrived not in a palace, but in a stable. The greatest blessing the world would ever know was given to a teenage girl to carry in her womb.
Look back at the things you wrote at the top of the page. Think back to the areas of suffering you identified when you answered the questions in the "Before You Begin" section of this site.