“There is no doubt that Marley was dead. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate.” –Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Christmas is a time of joy.
We gather around the table in friendship and love.
For some, it means a full heart.
For some, it means an empty chair.
A chair where a loved one should be but isn’t.
What do you do in a season of joy when you have no joy?
You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever. Psalm 30:11-12 NIV
Praise comes from gratitude.
Gratitude for a King who left His throne to dwell among us.
Who left deity for dirt.
Grandeur for the Garden.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him. Psalm 28:7 NIV
When faced with the empty chair, I remember the empty tomb.
Christ-mas translated means Christ Mission.
A mission to save the world.
A mission that began in a manger and lead to the cross.
Immanuel, God with us
The King is coming – I trade my mess for Messiah.
My ashes for beauty.
My lost for belonging.
He gives hope for the empty chair.
Joy to the world.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” Luke 2:10 NIV