Devotional: ‘Healing for the holidays’

Published 10:20 am Friday, December 15, 2023

Christmas continues to be one of the greatest celebrations of the year. The story of the miraculous birth of Jesus by the virgin Mary is a story of hope and healing for a hurting world. In Luke 1:31, the angel Gabriel spoke to Mary, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.” Mary’s response was, “How can this be since I am a virgin?” V35, The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most-High will overshadow you; and for that reason, the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.”

The celebration of Jesus’ birth is especially meaningful for each of us who believe by faith that some 30 years later, the death of Jesus our Messiah was to save us from our sin. The forgiveness of sin is the greatest gift given to mankind. Along with forgiveness, Jesus also offers healing of heart and soul. Broken hearts, sadness, discouragement, and despair are all real experiences in this fallen world. Jesus offers hope (eager expectation) and healing for all who call on the name of the Lord. His love reaches into the sad or bitter heart and heal where no man can reach. Would you invite Jesus into your heart today?

Life brings about changes, some are welcomed, some are not. During this holiday, if treasured memories of yester-year are no longer a reality today, know that Jesus was one acquainted with sorrow, He understands. May you receive comfort from the Good Shepherd, and may your heart be open to receive the new experiences the Lord has in store for you. The peace that the shepherds of old sang about on that first Christmas morn, is still available for you today. Peace on earth, goodwill to men.

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Gathering with friends and family around the Christmas story, singing the Christmas carols once again, and thanking our Savior for the marvelous gift of salvation are worthwhile traditions. Continue them this month or start them new and join the celebration!

Marv Fisher is the pastor at Calvary Chapel Farmville. He can be reached at pastor@ccfarmville.org.