Have you lost the Christmas spirit as you try to manage your illness and still appear to have a normal holiday? Beckie shares.
“He who sacrifices thank offerings honors Me, and He prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God” (Psalm 50:23).
Forgotten. In the midst of the excitement of this time of year it seems many things are left behind. Times with family are often joyful. The stress of preparing for the big meal goes forgotten when they walk in the door. The stress is remembered as they exit.
Will we be together again? Did Aunt Bess really mean that? Why did I invite so many people over?
Other aspects of this season can be forgotten as well–a turkey left in the oven too long, the photos promised from last year were never sent, and the list can go on.
As we welcome Christmas in our calendar year, God’s Word tells us the two go hand in hand spiritually as well! Psalm 50:23 assures us, “He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.”
When we gather this year will we leave gratitude forgotten? May it not go over cooked or under prepared. With illness and pain, this season can be especially dreaded because a group may judge the book by the cover, “You look fine.” Or perhaps you aren’t able to prepare the meal you once were and you feel defeated. Perhaps you feel alone and forgotten when you are unable to join the gathering of friends and family.
Verse fifteen of Psalm 50 states, “and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” There is a beautiful hope to cling to here. The holidays may seem more like trouble, but as we remember God and give Him thanks, He tells us He will deliver!
Sitting at Christ’s feet rather than bustling around like Martha may be mandatory because of physical needs right now. Will hearts be submitted to His authority? Will we be distracted?
“She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” (Luke 10:39-40).
I don’t want to be distracted anymore. Not by the way things were or could be, not by unfinished work, not by those around me, not by illness. Like Mary, I want to choose what is better. To sit at the Master’s feet.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I am sure I have forgotten much these days. Please help me to focus on You and to offer You the thanks for You have been so good to me! I love you. You loved me first! Thank you for inviting me to sit at your feet and learn from You! In Your name, Amen.
About the author:
Becky Elie lives in the Midwest and enjoys spending time with family. She was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) while teaching in Asia and is well after many months of medication and God’s care. She is learning that it is in her weaknesses that God’s strength is made known. Becky enjoys painting, photography, and learning more about living for Christ.
Will you allow your illness to invite you to learn from Christ or be distracted and forgetful?
This is Kutlass singing “What is Christmas” and if you have felt at all like Becky describes, I think this will touch you. I have had some challenging Christmases when things didn’t go as planned. Surviving life-threatening infections, casts, unemployment, and more. Jesus has always given me exactly what I need though–Him. That is what it’s all about. I don’t need bows and mistletoe. That is all fringe to get us to feel something, when really Jesus is all we need. Love you, Lisa