God’s Promise for the Pain of Christmas
By Rick Warren
“Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity” (Joel 2:13 NIV).
We often have an idealized and romanticized picture of the days leading up to the first Christmas.
We see Christmas cards and nativity scenes, and we assume those days were stress-free. But that’s far from how those involved in the first Christmas actually felt.
The very first Christmas didn’t start out as a merry time for most of those involved. The news that Jesus was coming stressed everyone out.
You may be in similar shoes this Christmas. You may feel confused, hurt, afraid, or simply exhausted.
What does this Christmas story have to say to you?
Over the next few devotionals, I’ll go deeper into how each of these central characters in the Christmas story responded to their pain—and how God changed everything for them in response.
But they all have one thing in common: They turned to God.
No matter what you’re going through, God loves you. When you turn to God, he won’t turn away.
On that very first Christmas, every one of these characters turned to God. They all looked to him to meet their greatest needs.
God was there for Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and the wise men.
He’ll be there for you, too.
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