As I read through Luke chapter 1 this morning, I realized an intriguing characteristic about the main characters of the Christmas story.
They were, each of them, alone.
When good news came to Zechariah (vs. 8-10) he was alone in the temple.
When Elizabeth finally conceived, she lived in seclusion for five months (vs. 24).
When the angel came to Mary (vs. 26-38) she was alone, too.
I wonder if the good news of joy each of them received felt like a burden as they waited for the fulfillment of what they carried in secret, or in silence as in the case of Zechariah.
One of the most painful aspects of living with pain or trauma or grief is the feeling of being alone, and the holiday season too-often magnifies that pain.
But surely one of the greatest messages of Christmas is that we are not alone.
You are not alone.
Isn’t that why angels burst through the night sky?
Why they appeared to shepherds instead of Kings?
Why He chose the womb of a virgin and not a Queen?
Why He chose a cross and not a throne?
…someone needs to hear this…
…listen close, dear one…
You are not alone.
Nothing we do,
nothing done to us,
no injustice committed against us,
and no place in the world
is unseen or untouched or unacknowledged by Him.
No matter how small, how insignificant, or how unseen you feel,
you are the apple of God’s eye,
the masterpiece of His hand,
the one in whom He rejoices.
Shadows overarching your life can’t hide you from
Lies entangling your souls can’t separate you from His
Sword of Truth.
Darkness that overwhelms you cannot possibly win stand against
The Light of the World.
Solitude may last for a season, but the
of Christmas is that
Jesus rescued us from darkness.
Jesus does not leave us alone.
Jesus holds us, keeps us, wraps us in his love and guards us.
We are not alone!
Through the heartfelt mercies of our God,
God’s Sunrise will break in upon us,
Shining on those in the darkness,
those sitting in the shadow of death,
Then showing us the way, one foot at a time,
down the path of peace.
Luke 1:78-79 (TMV)