It's no secret that I am a Christian. This week my family and I will celebrate the birth of our Savior which occurred over 2000 years ago.
For over four millennia before his birth, Christ's coming was just a thought. God told his children that he had provided a way back—that there was a way to escape all the pain, and heartache, and mistakes, and grief of earth life.
He said there was a way to try again. And again. There was a way to be together again. Even after death.
This was only a thought, of course. Jesus had not come yet. The Messiah was only a promise of something wonderful to come.
But this thought sustained the people that believed it and allowed them to endure and overcome the sorrows and sins of their earth life experience and look forward to his arrival.
And then he came. He lived and he died and he made an infinite sacrifice for all mankind.
And now, again, the miracle of his life and death and the promises he offers are just thoughts. The thought of what he did, the thought of who he is, the thought of how he loved, the thought of what he makes possible, is what brings peace and joy and love to me.
The thought of him is what sustains me in my own sorrows and my own personal griefs and gives me relief from the weight of my mistakes.
That Christ lived is a circumstance.
It's what I choose to think about that life that makes all the difference for me.
May your thoughts this week bring you all the joy and happiness you want! I wish you the merriest of Christmases!