Not everyone experiences holly jolly holidays. For many, the holidays are seasons of grief and sadness. If you are experiencing a lonely holiday season, click here for encouragement. Sometimes our friends and family fail us. Sometimes we feel like we have a weak foundation with little or no support. Sometimes we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. When we feel lonely or let down, stressed or unsatisfied; let us remember that we have an Everlasting Father.
Our Everlasting Father is unchanging and unmoving through all time and history. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8) as is His love for you. When your earthly father fails you or is absent, fall into the embrace of your Everlasting Father. As adopted sons and daughters of God, we are co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). Our Everlasting Father has welcomed us into His family and He promises to never leave us or forsake us (Deut. 31:6).
It is interesting how the holidays seem to shift when you become a parent. Instead of creating your own wishlists and wants, you focus on your children and filling their love tanks to overflowing. What generally happens on Christmas morning, though? We get elated cheers and cries of excitement and the first few hours (if we’re lucky) are filled with the enjoyment of new presents and peace on earth. Then the novelty wears off and it’s back to the regularly scheduled family happenings. Do you ever feel disappointment when your kids set aside that perfect present you chose especially for them? As a parent we take joy in the joy of our children, but what happens when that joy is only temporary?
It is easy to get caught up in the gift giving. We want to give the perfect gift to ensure that those we love know exactly how much we care about them. We worry about the perfect presentation and the perfect reaction and the perfect holiday season. But remember, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him.” (Matthew 7:11) The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to point our children to our Everlasting Father. In this season of gift giving, let us remember the greatest gift we have been given, Jesus Christ. Let us remember the gift of salvation given by our Redeemer. Let us remember the gift of our eternal home and family given by our Everlasting Father
It is easy to get caught up in the beauty of Christmas lights, but do not forget that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17) We have an Everlasting Father who is the Creator of all things. He created out of His goodness and every part of His creation tells us something about His character. We take joy and wonder in the beauty of Christmas lights because we long for His pure light to banish the darkness (2 Cor. 4:6). We marvel at the twinkling lights because they give us just the tiniest image of the glory of God. We find comfort in the calming glow of the Christmas lights because it draws us to the Light of the world and His eternal dominion over all. Our Everlasting Father is the Father of lights.
So if your earthly father is absent this Christmas, whether by choice or by circumstance, take joy in the presence of your Everlasting Father. When you are tempted to get consumed by gift giving or Christmas lights, refocus your heart and mind of the ultimate gift giver and the light of the world, our Everlasting Father. If you feel lonely or let down, stressed or unsatisfied; then find comfort and joy in our Everlasting Father.