Then, He came

It’s so cold outside; in fact I feel it beginning to seep into the room, leaving me shivering and wishing for a blanket. I look out the window next to me and as far as I can see, nothing but brown coats the landscape. The branches of a nearby tree hang in solitude, slumped and dripping wet from a rain that doesn’t want to go away.

I recently heard a friend saying they felt like this time of year was too depressing. I can well imagine why they said that. With the impending holiday season right on top of us, expectations are a bit higher for feeling holly-jolly. Problem is, this time of year can bring a lot of painful memories, memories from our past that seemed to have occurred a lifetime ago.

A past filled with laughing children who still danced around the tree, betrayal from the one we believed loved us till death do we part, families who never missed calling just to talk and share a laugh, and loved ones who were still there to hug and sit by our sides are memories that cut way too deep, leaving little to no room for celebration.

When you add all these things together and combine them with the cold and darkness of winter, it creates a time that often leads to sadness and depression. It has the tendency to make us want to shut down and hibernate until the first rays of spring come peeking through. It has the tendency to turn Christmas into a dreaded holiday, except it doesn’t have to, because of One very big reason.

Years ago in the town of Bethlehem, another dark and lonely night approached, a night that had the potential of being just as drab, cold and depressing. A night where a young couple were told no room was available for them to lay their heads. 
But then something miraculous happened. 

Then, He cameBrought to earth as a baby born in the lowliest of places, He came so He could save us when we are in the lowest of places.
He came to breathe light into our darkness, and hope into our hopelessness.
He came so that when we feel as though we are sinking into the quicksand of loneliness, He will become the rope we reach up and hang onto.
He came to uplift the depressed, drive away the darkness, save the outcast, and make the losers feel loved, carry our burdens, take away the sadness, and remove the sins of the world.
He came to sacrifice His life so that we might be set free to learn to love and live, and in turn through our sorrows, share Him with the rest of the world.Please pray with me:
I can’t imagine what it would be like not having You to cling to through the dark moments. That thought alone drives me to my knees to praise You for Your presence and love. Thank You for being my Comforter, and my Hope.
Thank You for being the rope that pulls me from the quicksand time and time again, and thank You for coming, for coming to save me from my sins, for coming so You would know exactly how it feels to be lonely, scared, and in sorrow, and for coming so You will forever be the Rock that I cling to. 
May everyone reading this feel the comfort of Your touch, and know that Your love is the only love with the ability to last forever. 
In Your name I pray, Amen

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10 comments on “Then, He came”

  1. Joan Davis Reply

    Yes, this time of year can be a sad time. I, myself, have been struggling to fend off the holiday blues. It's tough not to long for Christmases past…however, by focusing on why Christ came, what this season is all about and being thankful for all our blessings is a great help! Blessings this Christmas time, Salina!Celebrating Him, Joan

  2. Laurie Collett Reply

    Praise God that He came, and that He is coming again! Thanks for the beautiful post & for hosting & God bless,Laurie

  3. Sharon Reply

    This was the first thing that came to my mind:"The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come." (Luke 4:18-19, NLT)I just love the image of the Lord as a knight in shining armor, coming to rescue me out of the darkness! The fact that He humbled Himself to come as a baby stops me in my tracks. He didn't just rescue us, He rescued us as one of us.His love is more than I can comprehend.GOD BLESS!

  4. Anita Reply

    Hi Salina,
    Thank you for your post. I love the hope filled words – Then He Came. No maybe, or perhaps… Our Rescuer came, and will do so again 🙂

  5. stgibson19 Reply

    Thank you sweet friend….I love that there are no maybes or perhaps….what a great thing to have promised to us.

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