Days of Future Past
Posted: Wednesday, December 24
Verse of the day:
I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear. I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done. (Psalm 143:4-5)
For many Christmas Eve holds as much value, celebration, and reverence as Christmas day. Growing up we always went to church on Christmas Eve followed by fun snacks and our sibling gift exchange. Christmas day was when we gathered around as Dad read the story of Jesus’ birth followed by gifts from my parents and time spent with the extended family. My wife’s family celebrates similarly but with all of the big events taking place on Christmas Eve. It’s fun no matter what day it’s celebrated to honor traditions and remember times past.
Christmas whether celebrated on the Day or the Eve is a time to remember. A pause from our customary patterns to ponder the great works of our Messiah. A time to think about what God has done for you and for me. There’s so much that’s happened in 2014. Times where hope was squashed, where fear squeezed any light out of the situation. But as I pause this Christmas Eve to consider the birth of my Savior and all that he has done for me I see an unshakeable provision and assurance that He’s always with me. There’s a peace that comes when I look back and see that everything I ever went through God was with me whether in the details or in the obvious. I can know because of the past that my future is safe when entrusted to Jesus.
As we anticipate the day in which we honor and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, take some time either today or tomorrow to remember the past year and the good things God has done for you. No matter what the situation or feeling may be, looking back on what God has done brings assurance and hope for the future. Our God made a way when he was born 2000 years ago and He hasn’t ceased taking care of us since. Remember the days of old and His great works. Praise Him! Merry Christmas, our God is alive and well!