My friend, may I ask you a question? Does Christmas bring a sense of relief and a spirit of confidence for you? If not, perhaps there’s something about the Christmas story you’re missing?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner
Although I’m very handy with most things, whether carpentry, masonry, electrical or plumbing, there are those troubling tasks I’ve approached in the past with a high degree of skepticism and concern. For the most part these have had something to do with plumbing. There’s just something about the insidious nature of water not willing to be confined that’s always troubled me. My plumbing fixes just seem to leak despite my best efforts at soldering, caulking, fitting and gluing. These tasks appeal even less to me now since kneeling and stooping have become difficult with age and two knee replacements. Recently I needed to replace a faucet on the kitchen sink, a job I’ve done more than once. Although I knew how to do it I defaulted, asking my son Dan to handle the repair. When he said “Sure, I’ll just get my tools.” A feeling of relief poured over me. When he actually crawled under the sink to do the work, relief turned into confidence knowing that he would fix the problem and I need not worry in the least. I was in the presence of his ability and skill. As he was able in most things, young, agile and confident; I no longer feared the dread possibility of the leak. All was well as long as Dan was there in my place.
I needed a plumber to fix Holly’s sink and you and I needed a Savior to fix our sinful lives. Coming into his presence at Christmas begins with relief and ends in a spirit of confidence. We couldn’t fix the problem, but he could. We should be no longer troubled, thinking we might have to do the work ourselves.
A thought from an unknown author. “If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator; If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist; If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist; If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer; But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior.” (Source Unknown.)
The Apostle Paul in Colossians 3:3 writes–– “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Paul is telling us here that your life and mine are concealed and safely hidden within Christ. That’s what Christmas is really all about. Today and every day we can face life with all its leaky and insidious problems and feel not only a sense of relief that these won’t engulf us, but also a sense of security and confidence that this truth was apparent yesterday, is today and will be tomorrow. We needed a Savior because forgiveness was impossible without him. When Dan arrived on the scene to fix that faucet, I felt a sense of peace, no longer troubled by what I feared. All was now well. Merry Christmas my friends because of Christ all is now well not just today but for eternity. The fix is in and we’re the winners. What peace indeed!
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for Christmas, a celebration of heavenly skill and repair that changes our lives, giving us relief and confidence that we don’t need to do the work we’re not able to do to rid our lives of sin. Forgive us when we allow ourselves to worry and fret about the things in this life we can’t control or fix, but you can and did. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don’t let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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