01-01-16 Insight Post

I was reading an article about the worst Christmas gifts ever. Here were a few of them:

  • A Jewish man receiving a Christmas tree ornament from his co-worker.

  • A stay at home mom who received a pill vial designed like a white elephant and filled with baby teeth of her friend’s children.

  • A Korean man receiving a book on Chinese culture written in Chinese.

Those are definitely letdowns! We should expect some letdown because December 26 is the absence of exciting things to do and something to look forward to. Even though we can laugh at the worst gifts ever, maybe this Christmas was a letdown for you. It’s ironic how a holiday about giving can leave you feeling empty.

Perhaps you’re running on fumes because you’ve been overscheduled. Maybe even emotionally drained because of conflict with family and friends. For some our Christmas is marked by someone we loved passing away. It may be that you’re feeling guilty for overspending this Christmas. As you begin to get the credit card statements back, there’s no room to give to cause that’s important to you. It may even be that you’re dreading getting back to normal life. A life filled with unfilled purposes, rocky relationships, or disappointments.

As we saw through Moses’ letdown in Exodus 32-33, God wants us to get through the letdown well. In order to have to any amount of success in overcoming our letdown, we must understand that it’s not about getting over it but through it. Hearing people say something like: “just get over it” just adds to the frustration and disappointment. Determining to get through it allows us to heal as we deal with the root issues. Every step of the way, our Lord is there!

The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. 18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

Psalm 34:17-18 (NLT)

Happy New Year!

Jeff Geyer

Associate Pastor

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