For those that have to celebrate Christmas without part of your family, I can sympathize with you. My son has spent the last five years away from us on Christmas due to his job. Some have never had to spend time away from their children and may not realize how it feels. I know when my son left home to join the military, I felt like a part of me had died. My family didn’t feel complete but I felt a huge part was missing. No longer was their a house of four but now three. No one told me how difficult it was going to be when one of my children left the house. I guess I see where the term empty nest comes from. Birds usually push their babies out of the nest when they are ready but I was grieved when I couldn’t see my son. He was stationed over in Japan for two years. That is two years without being able to see him. He left a week before Christmas, so Christmas felt very empty that year to me.
I wonder if that is how God felt when his only son left Heaven to come to this earth. His only prince was born into flesh, from the womb of a lovely lady to a place quite different from the paradise that he once lived in. Now he had to experience a life of pain, sorrow, agony and humility. To truly understand this, you have to have experienced loss yourself. My awesome gave his only begotten son to be born, so that he later could be sacrificed for the sins of the whole world. I wonder if God felt the loss of his son while he was away. I can only imagine how much he missed him. Then to see him on a cross in agony; no wonder he turned his eyes from him.
I love the season of Christmas with so many people celebrating and rejoicing in the birth of Jesus Christ. Many people that are usually not so nice tend to be sweeter during the holidays. I encourage you to think of the sacrifice of Jesus and God this season and show love for someone like God showed for mankind. See God knew that mankind was simply without hope, without a blood sacrifice, an atonement for the remission of sins. He loved the world so much that he gave his only son. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” We serve a God that truly loves each and everyone on this earth. He is long suffering to us-ward not willing that anyone perish, but that all may come to know his precious son, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:9).
If you don’t know Jesus, I urge you to get on your knees and bow to the Holy King of Kings and ask him into your life. Ask forgiveness for your sins and he will welcome you with open arms into his family above.