We recently attended the memorial service of a dear friend. He was 69 years old. Young in my book. His heart was tender physically and spiritually. I am glad to have known him in my lifetime.
Grief is real during the Christmas season. People do go through hardship and tribulation even through a season such as Christmas where joy is the promotion. Yet this Joy we celebrate during this time of the year is bigger than any grief we can endure, even death.
As I sat in my sweet friend’s service, I listened to the words spoken about him and the message given in each instance someone spoke. That message was Jesus. Jesus and the gospel was what my friend wanted conveyed in that moment. He loved Jesus and lived that out daily. He wasn’t perfect but he was an example of someone who aimed to live and speak the message of God’s grace and mercy through Jesus Christ.
He never promoted himself but truly desired for people to see his Savior in his life. His service had this message written all over it. I watched his wife of many, many years celebrate her husband’s spiritual legacy.
Isn’t that what we should desire? To leave a spiritual legacy that reflects and demonstrates God’s amazing grace founded in His Son, Jesus Christ, and what He did through the cross, His death and His resurrection. My friend reminded me that this life is short and we ought to redeem the time we are given to reach others for the kingdom of God. What else could be of more importance?
This Christmas season, as we humbly celebrate the birth of our Savior, let us ponder the gift of God, the Father, of His Son to a broken people who needed saving. May we then reflect this salvation towards others around us and be bold in spirit to share Jesus with them as we move into 2017.
May you and yours have a joy-filled Christmas and Happy New Year.
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