And Jesus said, “Yes!”

“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.” —Psalm 91:4

An article in National Geographic several years ago provided an interesting picture of God’s wings. After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno’s damage.

At the base of a tree, one ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes. Dismayed by the strange sight, the ranger knocked the bird over with a stick. To his amazement, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother’s wings. Sensing the impending disaster, the mother had carried her chicks to the base of the tree and gathered them under her wings. She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. The blaze had descended upon her, scorching her small body, but the mother remained steadfast, willing to die so those under the cover of her wings would live.

God’s love is like that. God defined His unconditional and relentless love for us when He asked His only Son, Jesus Christ, to come to earth as a baby.

And Jesus said, “Yes!” What an amazing gift!

The love of God for you and for me compelled Jesus Christ to willingly exchange a throne for a manger, divinity for humanity, and Heaven for Earth.

God’s love changes everything and everyone it touches.

God’s love protects and breathes life and purpose into every minute of every day.

God’s love is a gift beyond measure that surrounds us and covers us when the fire of life rains down.

God’s love is the very reason for the season we call Christmas, or it should be.

I know many of you are experiencing those “fires” of life this year.

No job and no prospect of one. Someone you love is very ill or maybe you are the one battling to survive each day. A rebellious child has broken your heart. A secret addiction is slowly destroying your life. Your spouse packed his bags and walked out the front door because he no longer wants to be married. It is hard to celebrate anything in the midst of such darkness.

I have great news for you!

You can celebrate Jesus—no matter what!

Do not believe the lies of the enemy when he tells you that your God has forsaken you. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

God is with you—Emmanuel.

God understands your fear and loneliness.

Jesus endured the cross, completely and absolutely alone because He loves you . . . and because no one can take your place in the Father’s heart.

No matter where this Christmas season finds you—you can celebrate Jesus. Heaven is not in a panic. Where you are is no surprise to Jesus. He’s got you in the palm of His hand.

Reflection point:

May God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
The warmth of Christmas, which is love;
The radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
The righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
The belief in Christmas, which is truth;
The all of Christmas, which is Christ.

Spend some time alone with God today. Praise and worship Him for who He is . . . Lord, King, Father and Shepherd. Celebrate the gift of God’s Son in your life.

About Mary Southerland

Mary Southerland is the Stress Buster—a leader at helping women manage stress and enjoy peace in their daily lives. Mary serves the local church as the women’s ministry motivator, inspiring thousands of women to participate in Bible studies, life groups, […]

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