When we look past the commercialism, crazy schedules and overspending we impose on ourselves, the majority of us look forward to the Christmas season and have fond memories of family, friends and special moments. But for many people, the holidays represent sadness, depression, family disputes and heartache, and for women longing for a child, the story of the birth of Christ is a reminder of what is missing in their lives. A baby.
During my years of infertility, walking through the stores at Christmas and seeing the toys and children’s clothing so prominently displayed only intensified my pain. I longed to buy the little red dresses and shiny patent shoes, the footballs, the train sets, all the things parents walking beside me were piling into their carts, while sometimes complaining about it, then checking off their lists. There were no items on my list for a child and another hole opened in my heart for what was not to be. After a few years, I protected myself and avoided the children’s departments. I headed straight for the sections that had gifts for the adults in my family and planned trips to stores that sold only groceries for the holiday celebration.
When I thought it couldn’t get worse, my sisters-in-law who were both younger than myself and married after me, had babies. Now, I had to listen to my parents and my in-laws extol the sweetness and beauty of the two granddaughters who graced their lives. The babies were both very precious, and I loved them, but neither was mine, and now, I couldn’t escape the children’s sections any longer.
Children and Christmas are made for each other. After all, the story of Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, the son of God, His miraculous entry into the earth, His plan for the salvation of mankind. He was and is the perfect gift.
I share this with you because it’s easy to get caught up in your pain and forget the purpose of Christ’s birth which is salvation. The highly important gift of forgiveness is not the only thing available in the word save, as used in Luke 9:56. “For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them” In the original Greek the word save, is sozo, which means complete salvation. It has everything we need, forgiveness of sin, healing of disease and deliverance from torment. Jesus came to save our whole body, mind and spirit. Jesus does every thing well. He loves every part of us and wants us to live victoriously now, here on earth. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. There is no sickness, disease, torment or lack in heaven.
Children are a blessing from God. He wants to give you a child. He wants to heal your body; He wants deliver your mind and spirit from torment and release them to His salvation. You can ask Him for that. You can ask Him to forgive you if you’ve had an abortion and He will. He loves each of us and to prove it, He sent Jesus, His only son, for the purpose of dying and becoming our sin, our disease and our torment. In my post, Baby Showers, I prayed a prayer for conceiving a child and for forgiveness. Read the prayer, pray it and believe in Jesus who came to give us the gift of Himself and all the goodness attached to Him.
May the blessing of God and His full intentions for you come to pass in your lifetime through God’s strength and power of the Holy Spirit.